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Learning Lab: The Poetry Foundation

Found In: language arts & literature; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Learning Lab is a Poetry Foundation resource for students and teachers of poetry. The audience is primarily grades 6-12, but many of the essays can provide background for K-5 teachers as well. A recent feature, Eileen Murphy’s essay “Nurturing the Omnivore: Approaches to Teaching Poetry,” suggests classroom activities that can be used at all grade levels.

Core Learning Poems is a group of 59 poems spanning five centuries with additional resources. John Keats’s “To Autumn,” for example, includes:

  • an annotated version,
  • an audio file,
  • writing ideas,
  • discussion questions,
  • teaching tips,
  • poem guide, and
  • related content, in this case, links to other poems by Keats and explanations of poetic terms.

Articles for Teachers & Students will provide information and philosophical consolation for students in articles covering repetition in poetry and ten poems to read when you get stuffed in a locker, and teaching strategies for teachers in articles suggesting ways to demystify and re-mystify poetry and ways to engage struggling readers.

Essays on Poetic Theory is an anthology of more than 50 famous essays written by poets and critics from Plato (380 BC) to Brenda Hillman (2006) arranged in chronological order.

In the Glossary of Poetic Terms, users can search for specific terms or browse terms in their entirety, or restrict by forms & types, rhythm & meter, schools & periods, techniques & figures of speech, theory & criticism.



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