Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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Literature & Language Arts
“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, Video

“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, Video

This video is the seventh in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. It provides a video recording of the poet, Elizabeth Alexander, reading the poem “Praise Song for the Day” composed for President Barak Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

Literature & Language Arts
“Peaches” by Adrienne Su

“Peaches” by Adrienne Su

This is an audio recording of the poet, Adrienne Su, reading the poem “Peaches.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

Literature & Language Arts
“The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

“The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

This audio file is a recording of the poet, Minnie Bruce Pratt, reading the poem “The Great Migration.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

Literature & Language Arts
“Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

“Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

This video of the poet, Edward Hirsch, offering a little backstory, then reading the poem “Cotton Candy.” Companion lesson plan “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

Literature & Language Arts
“Every Day We Get More Illegal” by Juan Felipe Herrera. Video

“Every Day We Get More Illegal” by Juan Felipe Herrera. Video

This video is the third in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides a video of the United State Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, reading the poem “Every Day We Get More Illegal” and a companion lesson with a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

Literature & Language Arts
“from Citizen, VI [On the train the woman standing]”

“from Citizen, VI [On the train the woman standing]”

Poet Claudia Rankine reads her poem "from Citizen, VI [on the train the woman standing]” as part of "Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment.