This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
When we stop to listen, poetry is all around us: in the rhythms that we walk, in the music that we listen to, in the natural world we experience. Fortunately, National Poetry Month gives us space to make this a curricular focus.
In this month’s column, video and audio recordings with outstanding poets from TeachingBooks.net’s digital collection are featured. As you and your students listen to such poetic icons as Shel Silverstein and Langston Hughes and watch Jacqueline Woodson, Mary Ann Hoberman, and others discuss and recite poetry, I hope that you will be inspired to read, write, and think about it in your classroom.
Shel Silverstein recites “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” from Where the Sidewalk Ends (Harper and Row, 1974) in this animated video.
Jacqueline Woodson talks about the writing of haiku, list, and epistle poems, and her book Locomotion (Putnam, 2003), in this TeachingBooks.net original movie.
In this video Mary Ann Hoberman reveals how loose change inspired the title poem for All Kinds of Families (Little, Brown, 2009), illustrated by Marc Boutavant.
Sharon Creech performs a reader’s theater adaptation of her book Love That Dog (HarperCollins, 2001) in collaboration with Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Sarah Weeks. Incorporate this 14-minute minute, original TeachingBooks.net video into poetry lessons, with tissues on hand.
Loris Lesynski reviews some of her humorous poetry collections, including I Did It Because—: How a Poem Happens (Annick, 2006), illustrated by Michael Martchenko.
Francisco Alarcón shares insight into his bilingual, bicultural, and binational identity in this video. His Spanish/English work includes Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems (Children’s Book Press, 1999), illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
Hear Langston Hughes recite and share the inspiration for his famed 1922 poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers in this 1955 audio recording.
Poetry Friday blog posts are a fun reminder of poetic play. Dozens of bloggers participate weekly in this online event, including TeachingBooks.net’s Danika Brubaker.
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net