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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes
    Through a study of Langston Hughes' poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
    Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson
    August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson invites students to ask a number of questionsóbig
    and small. Students learn how to create effective discussion questions and then put them to use in student-led discussions.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literary Parodies: Exploring a Writer's Style through Imitation
    This lesson asks students to analyze the features of a poet's work then create their own poems based on the original model.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"
    Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Poetry: Sound and Sense
    Students' groans about studying poetry may disappear with this lesson in which students read poetry from various writers and use these poems to examine the sounds and sense of language.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Put That on the List: Collaboratively Writing a Catalog Poem
    Using the structure of a list poem, students combine creative expression with poetic techniques and language exploration in order to write group poems about what really matters in their lives.
  9. 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."
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Varying Views of America
    Students work together to analyze three poems about America with varying points of view.

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