Thursday, June 1, 2017

Poems & Lesson Plans for Graduation, Pride Month & More

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June 2017

Poems for the End of the School Year


As the school year draws to a close, discover poems about graduating, growing up, and moving forward:

"blessing the boats" by Lucille Clifton
"When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further
     Possibilities" by Chen Chen
"For the Graduation [Bolinas, 1973]" by Robert Creeley
"Dreams" by Langston Hughes
"If—" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz
"Famous" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Doors opening, closing on us" by Marge Piercy
"Experience" by Carl Sandburg
"Song of the Open Road, I" by Walt Whitman


Read more poems for graduation.

Poems for LGBTQ Pride Month


This June, celebrate Pride Month in the classroom with this selection of poems by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers past and present. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring Adrienne Rich's iconic poem "Diving into the Wreck."


Poems about Summer

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Poems for Father's Day

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Poems about Social Justice

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Dear Poet Project 2017


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Dear Poet project! We received over 2,000 letters this year, far more than ever before, and we were so impressed by the close personal connections students drew with the poems.


Read a selection of letters and the Chancellors' responses.


Introducing Richard Blanco's "One Today" Through the Picture Book


This new lesson plan for young children, created by Educator in Residence Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, is based on the picture book
of Richard Blanco's poem for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. 


Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial


June 7 marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic poet Gwendolyn Brooks's birth. Celebrate her life and work with this selection of poems, audio, essays, and other resources. Also, take a look at this lesson plan featuring her poem "The Bean-Eaters."



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