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Instructional Materials in Poetry

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which may the support the study of poetry. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

HaikuTheme Page

Publish Your Creative Works On-Line Theme Page

Shakespeare Theme Page

General Poetry Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Poetry. Please read our disclaimer.

Academy Curricular Exchange: Language Arts
Language Arts mini lesson plans from Academy One/Columbia Education Center. You'll need to scroll through the lists to find those that apply to Poetry.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Language Arts: Literature
There are a number of poetry lesson plans in this list of Literature resources.

Celebrate National Poetry Month All Year Long
Over 20 ideas for encouraging students' enjoyment of poetry.

Encarta Lesson Collection
Use Encarta's search engine to find the poetry lesson plans within the Language Arts section.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including copies of previous exams and their keys, exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information. Select "Examinations and Keys (Grade 12 Provincial)" and then "Literature" to download previous exams.

Lear, Limericks, and Literature: Creative Writing Lesson Plans
In this unit, you will introduce the student to the limerick and other zany rhymes made famous by Edward Lear in the 1850's. The lessons use these limericks to introduce a number of basic poetic devices. Understanding and using these devices can improve the students {sic} general writing. They also serve as models for teaching the disciplined, systematic art of limerick and poetry writing.

Meadowbook Press Teacher Resources
Lesson plans and tips for using humourous poems to get students excited about poetry.

Meemaw's Creative Writing Corner
Ideas for elementary teachers to use within their creative writing classes. See "Poetry Patterns" and "Literature & Poetry Springboards" for poetic inspirations.

Outta Ray's Head: The Poetry Page
Ray Saitz, an Ontario teacher, has developed a collection of pages with links to English handouts, lesson plans, and student activities. Some are his own while others are resources on external sites. This link is to his Poetry section.

A small collection of poetry teaching tips and suggestions for elementary teachers from CanTeach.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "poetry" will produce over 40 hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

Why Poetry What
A series of student explorations to give them a sampling of some of the aspects of poetry. Each activity has students visiting a web site and then performing one or more learning activities.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
  • Poetry Volume I Eight curriculum units containing lesson plans, examples and poetry which cumulatively cover grades 5-12.
  • Poetry in the Classroom: Incentive and Dramatization Eleven curriculum units containing lesson plans, examples and poetry which cumulatively covers grades K-12.
  • Seeing with the Heart: Poetry in the Classroom) In the first part of this teaching unit, the author discusses how she exposes students to a wide range of poetry and describes a variety of activities she uses to have students begin writing their own poetry. In the second part, she offers brief lesson ideas for introducing students to contemporary American poets of Native American, African-American and Hispanic background.

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