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Episode 25 — Celebrating Poetry for Teens
|Grades||6 – 12|
|Podcast Series||Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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|Original Air Date||Published April 01, 2010|
Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.
Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students explore the idea of “crossing boundaries” through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Following the traditional form of the haiku, students publish their own haikus using Animoto, an online web tool to produce slideshows that blend text and music.
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.
Activities & Projects
Grades K – 8 | Activity & Project
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re surrounded by brilliant shades of green! Observe and collect sensory images from nature and use the sights, sounds, smells, and textures to create original nature poetry.