Activities Billy Collins Carl Sandburg links Poetry Taylor Mali


Link – Teach Living Poets —

Poetry Questions and Poems AP Literature 1970 to 2014
Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers
Batter my heart – (meta) physical Poetry
Poetry Pairs Triplets Quads  —-
Carol Jago Poetry Ideas
Carol Jago Poetry Ideas 
CollegeBoard.July20.Poetry —

Poems as Mentor Texts for Writing Focus Lessons
Compiled by Bill Sowder, Asst. Professor · Ewing, New Jersey, The College of New Jersey
Not sure I got all of these correct since poets were not named.  Feel free to correct me if you find an error.

Ideas: Details.
Knoxville, Tennesee
The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee
Ex-Basketball Player —
The Fish
If I Were in Charge of the World
My Mother Enters the Work Force

Ideas: Variety
What’s in My Journal
Things I Learned Last Week

The Garden Year —
All the World’s a Stage
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

I Care and I’m Willing to Serve —

The Death of Santa Claus
The Lanyard
The Lion and Albert

Hazel Tells Laverne
Mother to Son
Little Orphan Annie
Phenomenal Woman
First Day at School

Mending Wall

Casey at the Bat

The Bells  —

Word Choice: Verbs
Do Not Go Gentle
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Word Choice: Adjectives
Willow and Gingko
Absence – Paulo Neruda hyphenated adjective – Not sure which poet is meant here; therefore, I have listed several possibilities.
Absence — Paul Laurence Dunbar
Absence – Claude McKay
Absence – Matthew Arnold

Dream Deferred
The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee

Point of View
First Day of School — Again, not sure which one.  One chosen, links for several more available
Turning Ten

Annabel —
The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee

Description: Place

Ellis Island
Willow and Gingko

Poetry and Poetry links
In Envy  of Cows

Ekphrastic Poetry
Ekphrastic Poetry – Collection
These are .pdf files.  Some of the poetry might need to be re-typed and larger examples of the paintings located on the web.

Auden Musée des Beaux Arts   …
Berryman Winter Landscape  …
de la Mare Breughels Winter   …
Dobyns The Street …
Engle Venus and the Lute Player  …

Fanthorpe Not my Best Side   …
Ferlinghetti The wounded wilderness of Morris Graves   …
Finkel The Great Wave Hokusai  …
Foerster Breughels Harvesters   …
Ginsberg Cezannes Ports    …
Hirsch Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad 
Jarrell The Bronze David of Donatello …
Kennedy Nude Descending a Staircase  …
Langland Hunters in the Snow Breughel  …
Leader Girl at Sewing Machine …
Longfellow The Cross of Snow   …
MacDonald The Bowling Match at Castlemary Cloyne   …
Mahon Courtyards in Delft  …
Mahon Girls on the Bridge  …
Mahon St Eustace  …
Mahon The Hunt by Night  …
Markham The Man with the Hoe  …
OHara On Seeing Larry Rivers Washington crossing the Delaware  …
Snodgrass Matisse The Red Studio   …
Song Girl Powdering Her Neck   …
Stone American Gothic  …
Stone Early Sunday Morning  …
Stone The Forest Fire  …
Stone Three for the Mona Lisa 
Sullivan Number 1 by Jackson Pollock  …
Swenson The Tall Figures of Giacometti   …
Szymborska Two Monkeys by Breughel  …
The Village of the Mermaids  …
Williams Childrens Games  …
Williams Classic Scene …
Williams Haymaking  …
Williams Landscape with the Fall of Icarus  …
Williams Peasant Wedding  …
Williams The Adoration of the Kings  …
Williams The Corn Harvest   …
Williams The Dance  …
Williams The Great Figure  …
Williams The Hunter in the Snow   …
Williams The Parable of the Blind  …
Williams The Wedding Dance in the Open Air  …

More Poetry
Poetry-MC-Camp-Getting-ready-for-the-AP-Literature-test  …
Totally Like Whatever – Mali, Taylor  –
Ars Poetica – MacLeish, Archibald –  —
Poet Teaching Math and History – Mali, Taylor – –
I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey – Collins, Billy– —
Because My Students Asked Me – Mali, Taylor – Taylor Mali
Reading Poetry  — College Board …
The Atlantic Monthly Oedipus Poetry and Jocasta and Jocasta
DID I MISS ANYTHING  (one of my favorites!)
Harlem Renaissance Poems  …
Collection of various poems and songs

*Poetry 180 – A Poem a Day for American High Schools (link)
*Teaching Writing – Genre – Poetry (link)
*Poetry Out Loud – Listen to Poetry (link)
*Poetry Foundation.org (link)
*AllPoetry (link)
*PoemHunter.com (link)
*Poetry.org (link)
*Poets.org (link)
*100 Best Poetry Websites and Famous Poems Sites (link)
*Poetry Foundation Online Resources(link)
Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature
The Poet Speaks of Art Harry Rusche, English Department, Emory University.
This project is designed for the students of English 205, “Introduction to Poetry.” (link)
The Poet Speaks of Art  Sandra /Effinger copy of Harry Rusche link for her students
Voices and Visions
Poetic Forms
Ekphrasis:  Using Art to Inspire Poetry
Pictures from Brueghel – Poems by William Carlos Williams (If this link vanishes, let me know I have saved in a .pdf)
Archive of Recorded Poetry
Open Culture – Library of Congress
Poetry Month – Everything you need
Poetry Idea Enginewill allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more!
Black Cat Poems – lots of poems listed by author (PS They are not about Black Cats!)
Carl Sandburg – American Songbag – The complete text online


Charge of the Light Brigade and Disabled
Graham Cracker Poem
Tone Words and Poems  …
Found Poem Instructions
Poetry Binder by Sandra Effinger
The Grammar of Poetry by Kim Thurman (TCU 2005)
Senior Poetry Study Guide_08
The Grammar of TV and Film

What everyone should know About Poetry (cartoon) 1 page version
What everyone should know about Poetry (cartoon) 2 page version

Carl Sandburg
Rootabaga Stories
Rootabaga Stories (additional site)
American Songbag


Movies, Videos, Recorded Sound

Doctor Atomic Films links Movies Silent Films

“Batter my heart”  Doctor Atomic
Goya – Art Work Presentation
The Grammar of TV and Film

Yertle the Turtle  (film)
Boundin’ MP4 (film)
Make it Stick  (film)
The teacher from the Black Lagoon (film)
The Divided Brain (film)



Movie Clips — (link)  The New York Times “Movie Shorts For Short Attention Spans”
Movie Scripts and Screen Plays (link – Excellent)
Voice of the Shuttle  (link)
Silent Era Films on Home Video (link)
Teach With Movies  (link)
AMC Movie Guide and Lists  (links)
Critical Commons (links)
cineCollage  (links)
David Bordwell (website and blog)
Artful Thinking (routines)  (link)
Project Zero  (link)
30 Camera Shots every Film Fan Needs to Know (Explains the shot and gives an example)
Media College Free resources for film and digital media production
American Film Institute 100 years of Heroes and Villains
Free Movies Online
101 Free Silent Films
Filmsite  Excellent source Detailed plot synopses, review commentary, film analysis, film scenes, film quotes

Open Culture


AP English Language AP English Literature Argumentation books Cartoons censorship Close Reading Dictionaries Grammar Graphic Organizers links Literary Analysis Magazines Movies Music Newspapers Poetry Reference Teachers Television Vocabulary

AP CollegeBoard Student Site – Taking AP Language and Composition and/or AP Literature and Composition? Find out what they are and what you need to know by visiting this site

Banned Books Week
Mapping Censorship
Banned Books Week 2020
Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Frequently challenged books
120 Banned Books – Censorship Histories of World Literature

Argumentation – Debate
List of Fallacious Arguments
Logical Fallacies
Arguments are everywhere

How we change what others think, believe, feel, and do

AUSTHINK – Argument Mapping
Special K Ads
The Argument Comic Strips

Book Lists
Modern Library 100 best nonfiction books
Great Books Lists
Popular Allegorical Books

Close Reading
“We all begin as close readers. Even before we learn to read, the process of being read aloud to, and of listening, is one in which we are taking in one word after another, one phrase at a time, in which we are paying attention to whatever each word or phrase is transmitting. Word by word is how we learn to hear and then read, which seems only fitting, because that is how the books we are reading were written in the first place.” from Learning to write by learning to read by Francine Prose
– 1. How to Do a Close Reading 2. Steps for Close Reading 3. Close Reading Example: “The Lady of Shalott” 4. Close Reading of a Literary Passage 5. What is Close Reading? 6. Getting an A on an English Paper: Close Reading — Professors in every department want well-researched papers with good theses. Professors in English departments also want to see that you can read closely, paying excruciatingly close attention to the details of language. 7. NEW CRITICISM & Close Reading 8. Close Reading Guide 9. Writing about Fiction
What is Close Reading?
Steps for Close Reading or Explication de texte: patterns, polarities, problems, paradigm, puzzles, perception
Dr. McClennen’s Close Reading Guide – HOW TO DO A CLOSE READING
Getting an A on an English Paper – Jack Lynch,Rutgers University – Newark

Cooldictionary.com – Free edition of a complete Webster dictionary. Fully crosslinked.  Webster Dictionary with PRONUNCIATION and Sound.
OneLook Dictionaries – Look up a word or term in an Internet dictionary or glossary. Free search access to a frequently updated database of words, terms, names, and acronyms.
AllWords.com – Features two modern English dictionaries, multilingual search, and translation. Also features a guide to language sites on the web and a language discussion forum
Cambridge International Dictionaries – Free online dictionary from Cambridge University Press.
DICT Development Group – A WWW interface to several freely available on-line dictionaries, including Webster’s 1913, the Jargon File, the US Gazetteer, and Easton’s Bible Dictionary.
Dictionaries and Translation – List of links to dictionaries on the Internet.
Reference.com – Dictionaries
yourDictionary.com – Comprehensive index of on-line dictionaries in more than 200 different languages. Includes an index of on-line grammars, word of the day by email, and several pages of linguistic fun.
Shakespeare’s Words


American Rhetoric – Rhetoric devices in sound – Rhetorical Figures in Sound is a compendium of 200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of speech. Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period. For each rhetorical device, definitions and examples, written and audio, are provided. Audio examples are taken from public speeches and sermons, movies, songs, lectures, oral interpretations of literature, and other media events. Some artifacts have been edited further to make the devices easier to detect. In the interest of diversity, I have included a range of voices and perspectives.
Glossary of Literary Terms – A Glossary of Literary Terms – Robert Harris – “a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level.”
Teaching Argumentation –  Strategies
Toulmin’s Analysis — Stephen Toulmin, a modern rhetorician, believed that few arguments actually follow classical models of logic like the syllogism, so he developed a model for analyzing the kind of argument you read and hear every day–in newspapers and on television, at work, in classrooms, and in conversation.
MYTH MAN’S AWARD-WINNING HOMEWORK HELP CENTER – I now offer nearly 200 pages to help you with your mythology projects, including something like 700 pictures…and still no sign of slowing down!
Literary Terms Dictionary
H O M E R I S M S (No, not Greek poetry.) – Figures of Speech from “The Simpsons”
Letter of Notes – Correspondence deserving a wider audience
The Contrary Opinion Buttons
Proverbs and Sayings and Phrases
Read – Write – Think Lesson Plans Classroom Resources from NCTE
Literary Devices Definition and Examples of Literary Terms

Arthurian Links – This page contains links to selected Arthurian (and non-Arthurian) sites on the WWW along with (at the bottom of the page) a brief section of advice on which books and essays in the main bibliographies should be consulted first.
Project Gutenberg – Welcome to Project Gutenberg and choose among 18,000 free electronic books (eBooks)
Literary Resources – Miscellaneous
Shakespeare’s Works –
English and Literature Web Sites

Enjoying “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare by Ed Friedlander, M.D.
Enjoying “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare Ed Friedlander, M.D.
Hamlet Online – searchable
Macbeth Online – searchable
Literature Online – searchable
Shakespeare’s Words
Taylor Mali
Short Story Collection
The Steinbeck Institute – Teacher Resources
Literary World Count
Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide
Forgotten Books  – republishes thousands of classic works that are in the public dom
Faded Page – Canadian ebooks

Movies and Television
Teachers TV – Schools
Teacher Tube  
Teach with Movies

Movie Scripts and Screen Plays (Excellent)

Music and Nationalism – This text is part of the Internet Modern History Sourcebook. ©Paul Halsall Aug 1997, revised July 1998
KMFA FM – Classically Austin 89.5 – Celebrating 39 years of Classically Austin radio!
A Brief Timeline of American Literature, Music, and Movies 1920-1929
Folk Den– Roger McGuinn in the folk tradition
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection – The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976.
Child Ballads  The Child Ballads are a collection of 305 ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child in the late nineteenth century.
Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and America  Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music
including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties.
Library of Congress – American Folklife Center  Various online Collections
Official Site of Spirituals This site is devoted to traditional African American spirituals, and some information is given about the early Gospel songs.
American Folksong Collection 660 songs in the collection
Kodaly Downloads  1688 songs, worksheets, games and strategies for free
Classics for Kids  Composer, Music, Games for Kids
Organization of American Kodaly Educators
The British Kodaly Academy
Explanation of the Kodaly concept
American Folk Songs includes sheet music

The Poetry of song

Broadway song Lyrics –
Link to hundreds of song lyrics –
Traditional, Folk, and old Song Lyrics Collection

American Folk Songs

Newspapers, Media, Political Cartoons

American Online Columnists – Not a Blog! 700+ columnists from newpapers around the country.
Arts and Letters Daily – “Our motto, ‘Veritas odit moras,’ is from line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus. It means ‘Truth hates delay.'”
Media Awareness Network – Welcome! Are you looking for practical teaching units and classroom activities for media education? Do you have great ideas to share with other teachers? This is the place for you! We invite your comments and your contributions. To keep us relevant, keep in touch.
Herblock’s History – Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium
Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index
Marty Kaplan

Representative Poetry Online – Thank you University of Toronto! An extensive poetry site. Search by title, author, first line or keyword.
Guide to Poetry and Literature Webcasts – Complied by Richard Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
Welcome to Sonnet Central
, an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work.

Reading and the Brain
Reading in the Brain

Latin and Greek root index – Many technical terms, names of biological structures, and names of taxa, are formed from Greek and Latin roots. If you are familiar with these roots, you can ‘translate’ the technical terms into English.
Your Dictionary – “…a rich array of language resources available at the Web of On-line Dictionaries” This site also gives you the root/roots of the words.
Bartleby – “The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”
What is Plagiarism at Indiana University? – A Short Quiz and Concept Lesson by Ted Frick
The Internet Public Library – Literary Criticism – Contains links to various literary criticism web sites.
Voice of the Shuttle – Link to extensive resources related to most aspects of the humanities. “VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities (which in practice has included students and instructors from the elementary school, high school, and general population sectors).”
Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format – “MLA style also specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing and also provides a writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources–from their parenthetical references to their works cited page.”
The Reference Desk – the Single best source for Facts
The Pulitzer Prizes
Capture the moment
– The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

Merriam-Webster Online
Brainy Quotes
http://easybib.com/ The Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker
Son of Citation Machine  “Serving student and professional researchers since 2001”
Mythology –
Fun with words
Letters of Note
Jim Burke – Digital Textbook

Word Roots… your Quick Reference – Good spellers make sure they confidently know the “building blocks” of the English language – prefixes, suffixes and word roots.
Understanding a word’s meaning and getting the spelling right is much easier if you understand these components.
How fast do you read? – Simple reading test. Gives you an idea about how long it might take you to finish a book.

Latin and Greek root index – Many technical terms, names of biological structures, and names of taxa, are formed from Greek and Latin roots. If you are familiar with these roots, you can ‘translate’ the technical terms into English.

Writing and Grammar
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) – An entire grammar book and style manual on your computer screen!

Grammar Slammer!  Welcome to Grammer Slammer, the help file that goes beyond a grammar checker.  Use it as you would any help file.
Guide to Grammer and Style by Jack Lynch
Brain Researchers Discover the Evolutionary Traces of Grammar – Max Planck researchers in Leipzig show that linguistic rules are processed in two phylogenetically different brain regions
ODEGAARD Writing and Research Center

And there’s more……
Babylon – Will give you a brief history of the city of Babylon.
College Home Pages – Wow! What a time saver! This site will link you to any U.S. 2 or 4 year college home page. You can explore the campus, course descriptions and the application process (including application essay topics). You may even apply electronically to some colleges and universities.
Historical Development of Flags – The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2005, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
BBC Art and Literature – “Whether it’s art, literature or source materials that interest you most – they are all good routes to finding clues to our history.”

The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

Interesting School Links for teachers
Links for K-12 Teachers – Helping teachers use the Internet effectively
Welcome to the ERIC Database – “The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free. ERIC is moving forward with its modernization program, and has begun acquiring materials for addition to the database.”
Pun of the day
Teacher jokes and humor
My Comics
Editorial Cartoons

Tongue Twisters 2
Glasbergen Cartoons
Education Extras – How to publish your own TeacherTube Video
Edsitement – AP Literature and Composition Resources
Jim Burke:  English Companion
AP Practice Exams
MsEffie’s LifeSavers
Searchable TEKs database 
“ClassDojo makes it easy to keep  students alert and on-task.”
Those were the Days
Dr. Wheeler’s Web site 
Engage the class using any device
Communicate Like MLK and Change the World
Mr. Gunnar’s AP English Classes
Teaching Resources – Voice of the Shuttle (excellent)
Project Zero (link)

Words and Quotations
Word of the Day
Word of the Day 2 (Archive)
Pangloss Wisdom
Quotation of the Day

Science and History
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Fun Science Facts

Arts and Letters Daily
Reference, Facts, News
Those Were the Days
Bartleby.com:  Great Books Online — Quotations

Shakespearean Insulter
Shakespeare Insults Dictionary
Common Errors in English Usage
100 Words Every High School Graduate and their Parents should know
Poetry 180 – A Poem A Day
Homophones, American English
Grammar Bytes!  Grammar Instruction

Graphic Organizers

AP English Language AP English Literature Argumentation Book Markers English II – Pre-AP English IV Fiction Graphic Novels Graphic Organizers High School English links Literary Analysis Point of View Reference Rhetorical Strategies Rubric Summer APSIs

Visible Thinking
Creativity Map – find it- use it
Figuring out Fair Map
Circles of Truth Map
Understanding Map
Options Diamond – Exploring the tension of decision making
Reporters Notebook – Separating fact and feeling

Visible Thinking – Teacher Organization
Me, You, Space, Time:  “MYST”

Visible Thinking – Student Activities
3, 2, 1 Bridge

Circle of Viewpoints
Claim Support Question
Compass Points
Creative Hunt – Looking at parts, purposes, and audiences
Creative Questions
CSI – Color, Symbol, Image
Does it Fit     
Explanation Game


Here/Now There/Then
Options Diamond
Question Sorts
Question Starts
Red Light,Yellow Light for Truth
Reporters Notebook – Separating fact and feeling
See/Think/Wonder – exploring works of art and other interesting things
Step Inside: Perceive,Know about, Care about
Stop Look Listen – clarifying claims and sources
Think Puzzle Explore
Tug of War – the complexity of fairness dilemmas
Used to think – But now, I think
What Makes You Say That?

Word Chart:_Context and Connection
Word_Chart:_Examples and Characteristics
Vocabulary Word Cluster

Note Taking
Two-column notes
Note Chart for novels and plays
Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why
Cornell Notes

Team Work
Think_Now Pair Share

Elements of Fiction with Graphics
Reading Response
Dialectical Journal
Reading  Journals
Story Plot Terms
Analysis Template
Reflecting Mood in Literature – Jane Eyre sample
Literary Elements Mapping (interactive online)*

Analyzing Characters
Character Qualities Study
Character web
Blank Character web
Facebook assignment – Jane Eyre sample

Nine Sentence Patterns thanks to Mrs Cassel
Sentence Types and Patterns thanks to Mrs Cassel
Writing web

How to summarize
Theme evidence
Sentence Outline Literary Analysis thanks to Marcia Hilsabeck

Model Graphic Organizer for Argumentative Essay
Two- column Chart (arguments for/against your position)

Persuasion map 3 reasons 2 facts
Persuasive writing plan
Toulmin Arguments Model
Persuasive Essay Writing Plan  
Persuasion Map (interactive)*

Book Markers


Classroom “Feedback”
Chart-Easy to use Classroom Assessment Techniques

There’s more
Metacognitive journal
Where I’m From Poem
Character Trading_Card
All those Acronyms
Patterns patterns patterns
Graphic Novels for teens*
Graphic Novel web sites*
Graphic Novels (links)