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Animating Poetry: Reading Poems about the Natural World
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The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to encourage students to make the reading of poetry a creative act; and, second, to help students appreciate particular literary devices in their functions as semaphores or interpretive signals. Those devices that are about the imagery of a poem (metaphor, simile, personification, description) can be thought of as magnifying glasses: we see most clearly that upon which the poet focuses our gaze. Similarly, those poetic devices that are about the sound of the poem (alliteration, consonance, enjambment, onomatopoeia, and repetition) can be thought of as volume buttons or amplifiers: we hear most clearly what the poet makes us listen to most attentively.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
Commonsense Composition
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This textbook follows California Language Arts Standards for grades 9-12 to provide a generalized understanding of composition and to serve as a supplementary aid to high school English teachers.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Bruno, Crystal
Date Added:
08/20/2010
Energy Flow in the Coral Reef Ecosystem
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This video segment, adapted from NOVA, describes the energy flow in a coral reef, including its food web. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
04/19/2007
Exploring the New Guinea Highlands: Art, Science, and Conservation Classroom Resources
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We are excited to provide you with classroom resources that include hands-on activities and curriculum developed with Bay Area Educators integrating art, science and literacy in support of the California state standards. You can alternatively explore the Highlands using the multimedia resources we offer on this website, including a basic introduction to the Highlands of New Guinea, Podcasts, children’s stories, magazine articles, video clips, and images of daily life, landscapes, and ceremonies. We hope that this program will develop in our visitors, especially our young visitors, a greater understanding of environmental stewardship and conservation. All content contained in this website correlates to California Visual Arts and Science Curriculum standards, as listed below.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences & Conservatory of Flowers
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
01/19/2012
Improv Activities from ISKME's Teacher Academy
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This wiki page describes the goals and tenents of improv, as well as four different improv activities (Name Gesture Circle, Yellow Ball, Vacations, and Thank You) used in ISKME's Professional Development Teacher Academy: Teachers as Makers June 15-16 2010 at San Mateo County Office of Education.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Introducing Simple Machines: A Machine Walk
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This is an integrated lesson exploring simple machines. The poetry response part of this lesson serves to spark the students' interest as well as allow the teacher to identify students' prior knowledge of machine concepts and vocabulary. The machine walk gives a baseline assessment of students' understanding. The majority of students originally focus on complex machines; this will be evident by the types of machines they identify on their list.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Terri Fannin
Date Added:
06/27/1999
Literature and Poetry Themed Resources
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Access historic documents related to literature and poetry including selected Walt Whitman notebooks, digitized rare books, and presentations on a variety of literary figures ranging from Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley to Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
LOC Teachers
Date Added:
06/12/2006
Ndakinna Wilderness Project
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In this video segment from WILD TV, a guide describes how to camouflage a personŒë_í_Œ_ body to avoid being detected in the wilderness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
10/07/2008
A Night in the Coral Reef
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Coral reefs are often portrayed as brightly lit, bustling underwater marvels full of colorful creatures. This video segment, adapted from NOVA, paints a different picture as it explores the nocturnal behavior of organisms in the reef. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
04/19/2007
Observing Connections: Art, Poetry and the Environment
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Students will explore the poem of Pat Lowery Collins, "I Am An Artist" and create their own poem from what they see and experience. They will then illustrate their poems with a visual design. This is the first lesson in a series of three in which students are creating art based on their observations: Lesson 1 Observing Connections--Art, Poetry, and the Environment; Lesson 2 Observing Connections--Changing Landscapes; Lesson 3 Observing Connections--North Carolina Pottery and Face Jugs

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Lisa Mitchell
Date Added:
07/18/2000
Our Poetic Planet, Windows to the Universe Activity
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Summary: Students make observations and write poetry about nature, including clouds and weather. Student Learning Outcomes: Students make observations of clouds and weather Students describe the appearance of different cloud types and weather events through poetry. Students explore different types of poetry and write poems about nature, including clouds and weather. Lesson format: Class presentation and discussion, poetry activity, cloud identification.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Becca Hatheway
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Poetry From Prose: A Different Kind of "Book Report"
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Students use a word-processing program to write a poem that summarizes important themes or events central to the plot of a novel. Once the poem is proofread, students type the poem according to specific directions. They then print their work and illustrate over or around the writing for an illustrated "book report." Students incorporate details from the novel in their writing and in their illustrations of their poems. In this way, students focus on the themes or events in the novel that appeal to them most -- the ones they feel are most important to the novel's meaning.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Sally Watts
Date Added:
06/08/2000
Poetry and Performance
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During The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library, well-known figures perform readings of poetry by some of Britain and America’s most distinguished poets. Here you can access the audio recordings of these events, explore the connection between the poets' lives and their work, study interpretations of their poetry and access suggested classroom activities.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Posing A Scenario and "Looping" to Provide Focus in a Cause/Effect Essay
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Most of us are familiar with the idea that in narratives a writer chooses a "hot spot" or critical incident to serve as the focus of the work. Teachers of expository writing also must assist students in finding the "hot spot" or focus of their essays. Use this exercise to help student focus on one aspect of the essay.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Margaret Ryan
Date Added:
04/11/2003
Rhythm, Patterns, Color, and Texture in Art and Poetry
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In this lesson, students will discover the meaning of "rhythm," "patterns," "color," and "texture" through the performance and modeled analysis of a class "symphony." Students will also evaluate the impact of each element on the whole work and note personal reactions and connections to this art form. Students will then work in small groups to apply the same elements and personal evaluation and connections to a historical work of visual art. At the end of the lesson, students will reflect on ways these two experiences are similar.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Carol Horne
Date Added:
07/18/2000
Slipsliding Poetry
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Students will work with a partner to write an original piece of poetry to express information learned about the rain forest and an animal that lives in that habitat. Students will share their poems by creating a multimedia slide show.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Angela Hodges
Date Added:
02/19/2002
Writing Poems from Dragonfly Facts
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This activity is a creative writing assignment in which first graders create poetry from scientific information about dragonflies.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mary Jo Taintor
Date Added:
10/04/2011