Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!

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Historically speaking, poems started out as stories intended to be read aloud. Share poems the way they were MEANT to be read - with audio and video readings – while still achieving rigorous reading and creative writing!

This Poem of the Week Collection can be used in multiple ways, whether you want...
• more consistent poetry stretched throughout the year,
• to scaffold students up to more difficult poems,
• to compress these poems into a shorter unit in April, or
• to make poetry come alive alongside your other poetry instruction.

This collection of 45 poems presented in slideshow format incorporates ALL of the recommended CCSS exemplar poems for Grades 6-10! A wide variety of poets are represented: past and present, American and around the world, male and female, slam poet or written poems. (See the PREVIEW for a list of the poems included!)

Each Poem/Slide includes:
• 1-3 Links to the text, audio, and/or video (as available***)
• 3-5 Comprehension Questions (to assess understanding, or Reading Literature standards!)
• 1-3 Creative Writing Prompts (so students can write their own!)

This 55-slide, 3-page download includes:
• Slideshow: 45 slides of poems to choose from!
• Teacher’s Page: Includes a list of 12+ ways to use this collection in your classroom!
• Student Handout: One page works for all poems to quickly check for understanding!
• Both PDF and Editable files (via Google Slides!)
BONUS: This download now includes a SHORT version/activity if you're low on time!
• Read more about the "intro to poetry" assignment in my blog post to find out how you can still use this download if you're short on time!

Last File Update: April 2016

NOTE: This product is included in my Poetry Activity Bundle as well as my Bell-Ringers for English Class Bundle. Check them out to save 15% or more on this and other lessons!

**COPYRIGHT NOTE In order to protect the copyrights of the authors involved, I have only provided links to videos, text, and audio that were freely available online; the texts themselves are not included in this download. What you’re paying for is my curation of all the links for you, as well as my originally-written questions, prompts, and handouts.

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My other POETRY materials, sold separately OR in the Poetry Activity Bundle:
"Why Poetry?" Mini-Unit
Digital Poetry Slam
Poetry Mad Libs (American Literature) or (British Literature)

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Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!
Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!
Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!
Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!
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