Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
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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
    Joy Harjo image

    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.

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

    Created July 1, 2016
  • Whitman’s Echoes in the Inaugural Poem “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander

    Created July 1, 2016
    Elizabeth Alexander image

    This lesson plan 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.

  • “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

    Created June 24, 2016
  • “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

    Created June 24, 2016
    Adrienne Su image

    This lesson plan is the sixth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides 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.

  • “The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

    Created June 16, 2016