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Poetry and Song Lessons/Resources

Inspiring poets and poetry for teaching middle school. Lessons to teach poetry and figurative language.

Spoken Word - Clint Smith

The official website of writer and educator Clint Smith.

Kay, Sarah (sera)

Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career.”No Matter the Wreckage” presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay’s knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects (“Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”), among other curious topics. The book is a bestselling book on Amazon and was a finalist for GoodReads “Best Poetry Book of 2014”!

Shane Koyczan

“Many of you already know that we put out the new album just a short while ago. Thank you all for supporting it… we’ve gotten some incredible reviews and wonderfully positive feedback. I really love this album. I love it so much that I couldn’t decide on which video to make next. See where I’m going with this yet? We opened with a video of “For Many” and are now considering which piece should follow it up. In all likelihood this will be the last video I produce (They’re an increasingly expensive commitment with no monetary return… I do them because I love doing them… just can’t afford to keep doing them.) So with all of that out in the open I want to invite my fans to make this decision. Your support has meant so much over the years and I’m often asked why I haven’t done a video for this piece or that piece… trust me I would do videos for all of them if I could. How it breaks down is this. We’re going to release the album on YouTube and Soundcloud. Two tracks per week with just a static image of Scott Waters wonderful cover art. When all of the pieces are finally online voting will begin on

Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing |

Music can be the tool that ignites a spark in your reluctant readers or inspires a budding writer. Learn ways to incorporate well-known songs into your reading and writing programs. 

Songs that Tell a Story

The stories these songs tell might be happy or sad, truth or fiction, frivolous or serious. But they'll all have one thing in common: Having a little more depth to them and a lot more thought put into them than your average teenage love ditty.

The pleasure of poetic pattern - David Silverstein

Humans are creatures of rhythm and repetition. From our breath to our gait: rhythm is central to our experience, and often brings us pleasure. We can find pleasure in the rhythm of a song, or even ...

"Incident" by Countee Cullen

Comments & analysis: Once riding in old Baltimore, / Heart-filled, head-filled with glee;

I started Early—Took my Dog, by Emily Dickinson

PBS LearningMedia Video for English Language Arts and Literacy for 7-12