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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    An Introduction to Beowulf: Language and Poetics
    Students are introduced to Old English and the poetic devices of alliteration, kenning, and compounding in preparation for reading the epic poem Beowulf.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future
    After reading John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player," students write poems describing themselves five years in the future. The teacher takes the poems and mails them to students in five years.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 26
    Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.
    Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Reading Literature in Translation: Beowulf as a Case Study
    Using several translations of the same passage of Beowulf, this lesson introduces students to the idea that translation is not an objective practice, but that it involves "imaginative reconstruction."
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 21
    Today is World Poetry Day.
    Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.