A Declaration in Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

This is the sixth installment in a series at #TeachLivingPoets. The Poet Laureate Project features a different U.S. Poet Laureate each month during the 2019-2020 school year. Guest author Ann Cox highlights one or two of their poems, suggests activities to use these pieces in the classroom, and touches upon their contributions to the promotion of poetry in America. Ann Cox has over 20 years of experience teaching high school English, including AP Lit, Creative Writing, and Speech. She also spent several years as a teacher consultant for the Illinois State Writing Project.

This month’s featured poet is Pulitzer-Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2017-2019. She is the director of the Creative Writing program at Princeton University and the host of American Public Media’s daily radio program and podcast The Slowdown Continue reading

Celebrate Black Poets

logoTo celebrate Black History Month, I start class off everyday with a poem by a Black poet. Here’s my Playlist if you want to use it in your classroom. Sometimes we talk about the poem afterwards, sometimes we free-write or journal, sometimes we just let the poem be. It depends on the poem and our agenda for the day. This list is nowhere near complete, and I encourage you to discover and share more Black artists who will resonate with your students. If you aren’t doing anything yet to honor Black History Month in your class, you should be, and it’s not too late to start.

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