• 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
  • Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
    Kiss by the Book: Romeo and Juliet

    Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

  • Can You Haiku?

    Created September 17, 2010
    Can You Haiku?

    Students learn the rules and conventions of haiku, study examples by Japanese masters, and create haiku of their own.

  • Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

    Created September 10, 2010
    Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

    French Language and World Literature classes will study the works of 19th-century poet Charles Baudelaire and will learn about the connections between the Romantic Movement and themes of 21st-century popular culture.

  • Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: There Once Was…

    Created September 7, 2010
    Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense

    In this lesson, students will learn the form of the limerick poem, practice finding the meter and rhyme schemes in various Lear limericks, and write their own limericks.

  • Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense

    Created September 7, 2010
    Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense

    This lesson plan explores the characteristics of the nonsense poem as developed by British poet Edward Lear and focuses on Lear’s well-known poem “The Owl and the Pussy Cat.” Students learn to recognize poetic devices such as rhyme, syllabification, and meter, and figures of speech such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, and personification, by analyzing nonsense poems and writing one of their own.