Lesson plans and teaching resources
Follow links to biography, critical commentary, and the text and audiofiles of 20 poems.
"The Whitsun Weddings" by Philip Larkin
Text of the poem, discussion questions, writing prompts, and analysis.
The Statue of Liberty and "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus
This lesson plan from the U. S. Library of Congress includes links to the text, an audio file, visuals, and discussion questions.
Biography, text of children's poems, and drawings.
Repeat After Us
Audio files of several poems by Edward Lear, including "The Owl and the Pussycat" Files are in alphabetical order by poet; scroll down.
Writing Poetry like Pros
This extensive set of lessons includes an activity using Dennis Lee's "What Will You Be?"
Poetry Reading by Li-Young Lee and David Kirby
Recorded February 7, 2008, at the Library of Congress, this video file is 85 minutes long.
Lesson plans and teaching resources.
Children of Long Ago
by Lessie Jones Little
Summary and background, prereading and comprehension questions, vocabulary, suggestions for use in literature circles, reader response and writing topics, ESL and interdisciplinary strategies.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lesson plans for teaching "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and other poems.
Texts of poems.
Biography and related links from Wikipedia.
Renaissance Poetry Jigsaw Lesson
Students work in small groups. Each group learns about one English poet from this era, and then each group teaches the others.
Follow links to biography, critical commentary, and links to poems.
"The Garden by Moonlight" by Amy Lowell
Text of the poem and critical commentary.
James Russell Lowell
Links to e-texts.
James Russell Lowell
Biography and critical commentary.
A Courtin' We Will Go
Using James Russell Lowell's poem "The Courtin'," Students research and share an assigned literary device, create a list of current words which may one day be considered dialect, and construct a poem about dating today.
Follow links to biography, critical commentary, links to text and audiofile of poems.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell
Text of the poem, critical commentary, and links to biography and other peoms by Lowell.
"Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon
This page includes not only a copy of the poem but also sample student responses.