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Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom
by Jaime R. Wood
|Grades||6 – 8|
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.
Wood, Jaime R. 2006. Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 7
Using the poem "My First Memory (of Librarians)," students connect memory, their senses, and the language of poetry.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
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.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 19
Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
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.