Today’s post is brought to you by guest author, Joe Paris. You can follow Joe on Twitter @ParisBMS
Joe Paris has been teaching 8th grade Language Arts in northeast Ohio for 19 years. He and his colleagues began the spoken word project six years ago and it’s their favorite thing they do with students every year.
Slam into Summer and into Forever
Looking to bring in more contemporary poetry into your classroom but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have a couple favorite poems and poets, but you’re looking to add some new artists?
Thanks to my friend and rock star educator Scott Bayer, a resource now exists that you can use both as an individual teacher to explore living poets and to share with your students to allow them the freedom to inquire on their own.
This is what you’ll find once you’re in:
- 20 amazing poets (we’ll be adding more eventually)
- Links to author websites and where to buy their books
- Social media links to follow the artists and/or learn more about them as individuals
- Links to poem published online that are appropriate for grades 6-12
- Audio links to the artists reading their works
- Personalized video messages from poets about teaching living poets
Click HERE to access the interactive library.
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I love The Slowdown Podcast with US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith. Listening to it has become part of my morning rounding. If you’ve never listened before, it’s a five-minute long podcast in which Smith introduces a poem with an anecdote, personal story, historical or current event, or some explanation that eventually leads in to what the poem she is reading on that particular episode is about. Then, she reads the poem. It’s a relaxing, thought-provoking, poetic five minutes very well spent. I recommend subscribing if you haven’t already. Continue reading