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Teacher Resources by Grade
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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven 90–minute sessions|
San Diego, California
Grades 8 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students discuss prosody, gain a new appreciation for literature intended for oral performance, and participate in activities that instill the value of technology in shaping their appreciation of literature.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks’ connections to cultural practices, compose poetry to reveal their understanding, analyze their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
Grades 6 – 12 | Printout | Assessment Tool
Students use this printout to evaluate both their own performance in a group as well as the actions of their group members.
Grades K – 12 | Professional Library | Position Statement
This position statement offers recommendations on ways to support second-language learners.
Grades 3 – 8 | Professional Library | Journal
This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.
Grades 6 – 8 | Professional Library | Book
Jaime Wood offers middle school English language arts teachers material for teaching poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Li-Young Lee, and Pat Mora; the text includes graphic organizers and other resources.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, tune in for recommendations of a variety of poetry books for teens.