Teaching Poetry Through Rap
Using rap to teach poetry is fun, engaging and challenging. Rap engages our students and it enhances their understanding of poetic devices. Rap, specifically, can contain internal and external rhyme, assonance, consonance, simile, metaphor and much more.
With Your Own Two Hands
Using Ben Harper’s “With My Own Two Hands” (as well as John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change”), students ponder their roles in changing the world. After analyzing how a variety of important people changed the world, students evaluate the tools they possess to change the world and how realistic it is for them to actually do it. The final product is an original poem, taken through the writing process, in which students express their feelings about this topic.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Poems
Comparing three songs with symbolic meanings about the past, present and future and then writing poems.
Creating a Second-Person Choice Story using Music
A lesson that inspires student creativity using songs that tell stories as well as story starters.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
This site shows the young adult book in diary form so students can compare to print and media.
To Kill a Mockingbird Student Survival Guide
This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel. As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading. Click away, learn, and have fun!
Emily Dickinson - Poetry Lives
From the Dickinson Museum, this quiz tests students ability to decipher the meanings behind Emily Dickinson's poetry. The museum also has other activities to pique students' interest.