Poetry Videos for K-12!

May 8th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 8, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Favorite Poem Project

Age Range: All (Grades K-12, with parental supervision.)

This website was designed to enhance and improve the teaching of poetry in K-12 classrooms through a collection of 50 short video documentaries showcasing individual Americans reading and talking about poems they love.

The Favorite Poem Project was founded by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, and is dedicated to “celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.”

The videos are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature. While the videos were conceived as a teaching and learning tool for schools, they can be used in the homeschool environment as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the poetry videos. Turn on your speakers, click on any poetry video title, and a new page opens that launches the video. In addition to watching an individual read the poem, you’ll learn a little about the reader including their thoughts about why they like the poem. The words of the poem are displayed so you can follow along as it’s being read.

Because there are no age/grade ranges mentioned on the individual videos, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the poems to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Of the poetry videos I watched, most were geared to Middle and High School age students and beyond. If you want a suggestion for a poem that younger children may enjoy, try “Block City” by Robert Louis Stevenson, read in a very child-like, sing-song voice by an elementary grade student. After he reads the poem, he talks about why he likes it – and it’s utterly charming.  :)



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