Poetry
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Communicating with other young people  Poetry Pals The K-12 Student Poetry Publishing Project is a wonderful collaborative project which classrooms may join as partners. The project incorporates the reading and writing of poetry and provides students the opportunity to publish their own poetry online. The website provides related lesson plans, samples of different types of poetry, resources for teachers and links to numerous other poetry sites. From 1997 to 2000 students have participated not only from around the USA but also from over 25 countries around the world! http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/5165/

Supplemental informationSerious Play: Reading Poetry with Children This exhibit created by the Academy of American poets "is intended to offer some ideas on how to help your children to join that community: check out the following links for ideas on teaching poetry to children, links to interesting sites, information on appropriate poets, and dozens of great poems for younger children." The website is an amazing resource includes biographies of over 200 poets, over 600 poems online many of them in audio as well as text, discussion forums, a calander of poetry related events, persons who register can create notebooks with their favorite poems and other information, links to numerous poetry related sites, and multiple search engines. http://www.poets.org/exh/Exhibit.cfm?prmID=10

Writing poetry A number of sites on the WWW help budding poets learn to write. In Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky, a Writing with the Writers website created by Scholastic, Jack Prelutsky guides the reader through the poetry writing process. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetwit/index.htm

In another site Reading to Write: Lyric Poetry students learn by looking at models, discussing what they read with their peers, and writing their own poems -- all online. This project is finished but still a good example of using the internet to facilitate a unit. http://www.rialto.k12.ca.us/Curriculum/ReadtoWrite/lp/lpindex.html

Creating a Poetry Collection In a nicely designed project Judy Lightfoot's had her 10th grade English class create Poetry Web books. The process involved selecting, compiling, and writing an introduction to their collection. This presented the students with a diverse array of poetry, and mandated that they think about thematic or other connections between the words of various poets. Similar projects could easily be created at the elementary and middle school level. Word of warning, make sure the poems used are in the public domain or ask permission from the copyright holder before publishing someone else's poetry online.
 

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