• The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You

    Created October 8, 2010
    The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes

    Poets achieve popular acclaim only when they express clear and widely shared emotions with a forceful, distinctive, and memorable voice. But what is meant by voice in poetry, and what qualities have made the voice of Langston Hughes a favorite for so many people?

  • Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Created October 7, 2010
    Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Poems, classic and contemporary, make good company for your students. They can also serve as the inspiration for some terrific writing.

  • The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

    Created October 6, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty: Statue

    While the French had kept their end of the bargain by completing the statue itself, the Americans had still not fulfilled their commitment to erect a pedestal. In this lesson, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York.

  • Portraits: I've Just Seen a Face

    Created September 27, 2010
    Portraits: Boy with Saturday Evening Post

    Students learn to analyze a variety of portraits, both literary and visual.

  • The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

    Created September 27, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty

    Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.

  • Not Only Paul Revere: Other Riders of the American Revolution

    Created September 24, 2010
    Paul Revere's Ride

    While Paul Revere's ride is the most famous event of its kind in American history, other Americans made similar rides during the Revolutionary period.  After learning about some less well known but no less colorful rides that occurred in other locations, students gather evidence to support an argument about why at least one of these "other riders" does or does not deserve to be better known.

  • Practical Criticism

    Created September 24, 2010
    Practical Criticism

    Conduct an experiment in literary interpretation with little-known specimens of Victorian verse.

  • Play with Words: Rhyme & Verse

    Created September 24, 2010
    Play with Words: Mother Goose

    Poetry provides us with a rich vehicle for helping children explore how language sounds and works. Students will use their senses to experience poetry.

  • Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Created September 24, 2010
    Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Behind many of the apparently simple stories of Robert Frost's poems are unexpected questions and mysteries. In this lesson, students analyze what speakers include or omit from their narrative accounts, make inferences about speakers' motivations, and find evidence for their inferences in the words of the poem.

  • 'You Kiss by the Book': Sonnet Unscrambler

    Created September 23, 2010