And then I stumbled upon something amazing: Whitman, Alabama. This was the inspiration I needed to demonstrate the importance of Walt Whitman’s poetry in American culture today.
Have you ever wanted a few poems to pair with The Great Gatsby? Y’know, a few good, not-too-longish poems to work as bell-ringers, if needed, or add-on texts to supplement literary analysis essays?
Last fall, as I read and planned lessons for Beowulf, “The Wanderer,” and “The Seafarer,” I kept coming across “The Dream of the Rood.” It wasn’t included in our textbook, but since I kept reading about it (and it was included in my trusty Norton anthology, after all), I became more and more curious. Fast forward: my “Dream of the Rood” close reading activity is here!
Recently, it occurred to me that slice of life writing would work equally well in poetic form.
Experiment with ekphrastic poetry and infuse your English class with beautiful art. These videos will help.
Use these six student-written poems as mentor texts for teaching ekphrastic poetry
Poetry: It’s what the world needs now. Choose from these 8 poem ideas for high school students.
Use poetry’s trendiness to encourage high school students to write poems.
Bring art into your classroom by including ekphrastic poetry in your writer’s workshop. #poetry #edchat
Try these three poem ideas for Veterans Day with your middle and high school students.