Poetry Lesson Plans

Rain Songs
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: “Rain” by Kazim Ali
Lesson Plan: PDF icon lesson_plan-_rain_chants.pdf
Writing a Eulogy Poem
By: Lisa O'Neill
Literary Model: Sherman Alexie's "Eulogy" Lisa O'Neill's "My Journal Was a Hiding Place"
Lesson Plan: PDF icon writingaeulogypoem-lisaoneill.pdf, PDF icon definitionsfortheday.pdf
My shoulder is shimmery, broken pieces of dust
By: Rachel Mindell, TC Tolbert
Literary Model: "Legacy" by Maurice Kenny or student example poems
Lesson Plan: PDF icon my_shoulder_is_shimmery_broken_pieces_of_dust.pdf
Metaphor Madness
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: "Words are Birds" by Francisco X. Alarcón
Lesson Plan: PDF icon metaphormadness-saraiyakanning.pdf
Witnesses of Birth: Imagining the Beginning of a Character
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: “Birth Witness” by Ofelia Zepeda
Lesson Plan: PDF icon birthwitnesslessonplan-saraiyakanning.pdf
If You Find Yourself
By: Rachel Mindell
Literary Model: "If You Find Yourself On a Houseboat" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Lesson Plan: PDF icon ifyoufindyourself-rachelmindell.pdf
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: "Detail of the Woods" by Richard Siken
Lesson Plan: PDF icon landscapes-saraiyakanning.pdf
My Name Is...
By: Sarah Kortemeier, Julie Lauterbach-Colby
Literary Model: "allegory of the black man at work in a synagogue" by Roger Bonair-Agard
Lesson Plan: PDF icon my_name_is.pdf
Poetry in Performance: An Introduction
By: Sarah Kortemeier
Literary Model:
Lesson Plan: PDF icon poetry_in_performance-an_introduction.pdf
Comparison Odes with Pablo Neruda
By: Sarah Kortemeier
Literary Model: "Ode to My Socks," by Pablo Neruda
Lesson Plan: PDF icon comparison_odes_with_pablo_neruda.pdf