1. I See by Your Outfit that You Are a Cowboy!

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Explore the concepts of work and environment as themes in poetry. Consider the life and experience of a working cowboy, and create a poem that celebrates one aspect of a cowboy's life.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Poetry and Poets. Cultural Studies: American.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. Life Reflections in Songwriting and Poetry

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Analyze, discuss and compare sources of inspiration and writing styles, including use of words and imagery, of various songwriters. Create a journal documenting your life experiences and write a song or poem that reflects those experiences.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Creative Thinking. Poetry and Poets. Writing: Composition. Music.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Poetry Everywhere: Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard," by Billy Collins

Source: WGBH: Teachers' Domain

Examine a poem to explore its basic theme - an exploration of mother love - and use of language to evoke emotions. Discover how the poet uses comparison, humor and irony to keep the message of love from lapsing into a cliché.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Poetry Everywhere: Exploring Selected Haiku by Issa

Source: WGBH: Teachers' Domain

Investigate haiku, a Japanese poetic form, through the poems of Issa, one of the great masters of haiku. Develop understanding of word meanings and how poetic images are constructed.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan