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Teachers Pay Teachers and Poetry

I have to be honest and say that I have mixed feelings about Teachers Pay Teachers.  On one hand, the concept is brilliant.  Teachers have so much to share, and why shouldn’t they make a little money sharing it?  I am totally behind that.  On the other hand, I’ve been skeptical about how useful any of the information is out there.  I’ve had plenty of teachers come to me and say, “Here’s my handout”, but that has never been all that helpful for me.  If a lesson wasn’t authentically mine, it NEVER worked out the way I wanted it to.  The kids saw right through it, and I felt like I’d taken a shortcut (in a bad way).

That was why, when I made the study guide at the back of The Take Back of Lincoln Junior High, I created prompts and suggestions, rather than handouts.  It was what I would have wanted, if I were teaching that book to a group of students.

All this being said, I was approached last week by Created for Learning, and offered a free lesson plan from their Teachers Pay Teachers archive.  (Even if you are not a teacher, please look at their website and gawk at their adorable family. They could not be cuter.)  I scoured their resources and decided I’d love to see their poetry unit, because if there’s one unit I always dreaded teaching… it was POETRY.

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Holy smokes.

Packets.  Samples.  Puns.  Symbols. One of the most detailed Powerpoint presentations on poetry that I have ever seen.  I was seriously overwhelmed, and realized I still have a lot to learn about Poetry!

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I’ve never taught “Litote” before!

If you are an English teacher, check out their Teachers Pay Teachers site.   I’m sure if you use this resource often, you will be happy to know that Created for Learning is a trusted seller with really amazing things to share!


* I was given this Poetry unit as a gift. (Thank you!!) Opinions are my own.

Poetry, Teaching

Poetry Resources for Teachers

I can’t speak for other literature teachers, but poetry units kind of freak me out.  Poetry is not my strong suit by any means, and I feel really out of the poetry “loop”, so to speak.  Whenever I’ve taught poetry, I’ve had to scour my resources to create a meaningful unit.  Here are a few resources I’ve found very useful:

1.  The Poetry Foundation

I love this website for its easy navigation and resources for educators and kids alike.  I used this site for my unit on Wilfred Owen, and really appreciated the well-cited biography found here.

2.  Poets.Org

Another great collection of poetry, with resources included.  This site includes curriculum and lesson plans, which can be easily modified to suit the class.  I absolutely love the “Poets Reading Poets” section, found here.

3.  The Poetry Archive

A fantastic website devoted to poets reading their own work.  A great way to engage your more auditory students.

4.  Poetry Out Loud

Someday I’m going to use this website to its full potential.  I love the idea of recitation as being an important part of a poetry unit.  There are even lesson plans and Common Core links, as well.