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24 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School
Howard is an avid reader who likes helping others find interesting things to read. Poetry can be difficult to get excited about. All of the poems included here are reasonably clear. If your students give any of these poems a careful reading, they should be able to get something out of them. The narrator and his little brother, Seth, are walking through a field. They see the imprints where kids had made snow angels. He tells Seth that angels had been shot and dissolved on the ground.
It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them, ahem, yawning. So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorites—the punch-in-the-gut poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Lehman engages with popular culture and an irreverent tone. The late artist created a clear connection between the rhythm and deeper meaning of poetry and rap. Do you teach younger students? Check out our favorite elementary school poems here.
When I became an English teacher, I knew that I would eventually have to teach poetry, and I was dreading it. While I would have loved for my students to feel moved to sound their barbaric yawps over the rooftops, I knew I would be content with them appreciating poetry as an art form and the apotheosis of word choice. To achieve this, I decided to focus on enjoying and crafting poetry and not analyzing it to death at the start.
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No-Nonsense Advice and Inspiration for Teachers of English
As an English teacher, I have always loved teaching poetry. I used to confine it to one unit every winter as a way to engage students after winter break, but recently shifted to starting my year with poetry. Why wait to get into the good stuff? His four reasons are: 1. Poetry is short so you can have a rich discussion after spending very little time reading. Poetry is intense, allowing students to connect with emotions immediately. Poems connect to other readings, both fiction and nonfiction, and can serve as an entry point to themes or ideas in a longer text.
Through an analysis of figurative language, imagery and historical context, students will explore questions of race, immigration, poverty and self-realization in a plethora of American poetry. This unit has been archived. To view our updated curriculum, visit our 7th Grade English Language Arts course. In the poetry unit, students will continue to grapple with themes of race, class, immigration, and identity in the American experience. Poetry can be a game-changer for adolescent readers and writers. Once they see the freedom taken by poets such as Langston Hughes or E. Cummings, who express themselves without the grammatical restrictions of prose, a whole new pathway opens up as young readers and writers learn to interpret the language of the heart.