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Poetry Friday: Audio odysseys

This Friday, explore a classic in a new way … Add multimedia resources, like this audio Book Reading of Homer’s The Odyssey, when you are exploring this classic with students. Listen now with students to this dramatic excerpt to help them find a new level of understanding of the text and to allow them to […]

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Poetry Friday: Poems about place

While browsing TeachingBooks.net for audio Book Readings featuring poetry, I came across this dramatic audio performance of two poems from Curtis Crisler’s Tough Boy Sonatas (Front Street, 2007), a collection of 38 poems reflecting the experiences of boys growing up in Gary, Indiana. Listen now A favorite excerpt from “A Gary Poem”: Cracked sidewalks embroidered […]

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Poetry Friday: June Jordan

In this audio clip you’ll hear Kathy Engel, friend of poet June Jordan, introduce and read from a collection of poems written by teens in Harlem, NYC in the 1960’s, entitled The Voice of the Children (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1970). Kathy speaks to June’s positive influence on her as a young poet and reads some of […]

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Poetry Friday: ABC of African American Poetry

In this audio clip about his book (Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry, S&S, 1997) Ashley Bryan presents the alphabet to introduce the contributions of Black American poets, including Henry Dumas and Langston Hughes.  He hopes you will include these poets in your studies. What an excellent back-to-school audio clip and book to enjoy with […]

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Poetry Friday: Poems for two voices

Listen to this dramatic audio performance of “Grasshoppers” from Paul Fleischman’s book, Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (HarperCollins, 1988). Have students perform poems from this book aloud, or challenge them to adapt favorite poems for a performance in two voices.  A fun writing exercise could include writing original poems for multiple voices to perform! […]

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Poetry Friday: Sharon Creech

Enjoy this dramatic audio performance of an excerpt from Sharon Creech’s Heartbeat (HarperCollins, 2004) and consider sharing this multimedia resource with your students or library patrons.  Creech’s poetic novel in free verse exemplifies the concept of rhythm, and what better way to demonstrate literary rhythm, pacing, and repetition than to listen to an audio clip! […]

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Poetry Friday: A Poet by Any Other Name

Teaching poetry? Utilize the TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide to introduce a new poet to students. By listening to these brief audio clips everyone can learn the correct pronunciation of the poet’s name and perhaps get to hear a little bit more about the person behind the poetry being studied.

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Poetry Friday: Jack Prelutsky

In the audio clip below, former Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky performs a fun poem from his book What a Day It Was at School! (Greenwillow, 2006). Pair this audio performance with an additional read-aloud from Jack’s book, then consider having students write similar poems about a day at school that stands out for them. […]

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