Advanced Placement literature content and topics: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

John Steinbeck wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

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John Steinbeck, American writer, is born

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Henry_Wadsworth Longfellow, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Examines Longfellow's life and work, his homes and his family. It includes a searchable database of his poems, lesson plans for teachers, a filmography, and more. Rediscover why Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was America's most beloved nineteenth-century poet.

Brooklyn Bridge, across the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan, New York

Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

Description: “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” is a series developed by the Academy of American Poets in collaboration with EDSITEment that enlists the voices of nine contemporary American poets, each delivering a poem that has been selected in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s initiative, “The Common Good.” The discourse is guided by nine companion lesson plans with activities designed for secondary-level students.

  • Corbin Harney Water Song

    Created September 27, 2016
  • “Remember” by Joy Harjo, video

    Created September 27, 2016
  • “Remember” by Joy Harjo

    Created September 27, 2016
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    This lesson plan is the ninth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides a video recording of the poet, Joy Harjo, reading the poem “Remember.” 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.

    Portrait of Thoreau against a map background

    Mapping Thoreau Country

    This website, developed partially through funds from MassHumanities, is an interactive cartographic exploration of Thoreau's itineraries and mapmaking in his home state of Massachusetts. Includes essays, illustrations, and links to further information.

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

    Created July 1, 2016