Teaching Rita Dove – 3 poems for all levels (upper elementary to high school)

Rita Dove served as poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, and as poet laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. Her books of poetry include Collected Poems 1974-2004 (W.W. Norton, 2016), recipient of the 2017 NAACP Image Award, the 2017 Library of Virginia Award and a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award; Sonata Mulattica (W. W. Norton, 2009), winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award; On the Bus with Rosa Parks (W. W. Norton, 1999), named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Thomas and Beulah (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1986), which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Learn more about Rita Dove here.

Educator Ann Cox, who authored our Poet Laureate series last year, has created this new hyperdoc for three of Dove’s poems. This hyperdoc is ideal for middle school or high school students and is editable once you make a copy. Hyperdocs are a great way to share poetry with your students while virtual learning, hybrid, or face to face! Everything you need is all in one place.

Click here to access the hyperdoc

Hyperdoc created by Ann Cox

Please join us for A Conversation with Rita Dove sponsored by NCTE and the Library of Congress and moderated by me(!), Melissa Alter Smith. I am so excited for this special event to honor Rita’s work and discuss the poems that are featured in our hyperdoc. Rita will read her poems “First Book” and “Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967” and share her inspiration, craft, and process. All are welcome! Register here.

We also have another hyperdoc made for her poem ‘Heart to Heart,” created by Ann Cox for our Poet Laureate feature last year.

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