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Learn About Famous Poets at Poets.org

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 2/14/2012

Famous poets at the web's top poetry analysis website, Poets.org.

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    The Runaway

    I thought I had great lesson plans about famous poets...

    "Mr., your class is boring," said Robert. "Your famous poets lesson plans aren't very good. It would be better if they were not taken. It's about time I teach you a lesson." Robert took a wrench out of his pocket and struck me on the head. I woke up in a snowy woods. A stranger was teaching poetry. The stranger was me.

    Robert turned to me, "Now you'll understand how we feel." I was bored. I tried to sleep but I kept getting hit in the head by stones from a mending wall whenever I put my head down. I couldn't take it anymore. I stood up, ran away and tripped over a tuft of flowers.

    I woke up. I was back in my classroom. On my desk lay famous poets lesson plans with a list of poetry analysis websites. The best of the poetry analysis websites was Poets.org.

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    Poets.org for Teachers

    Find tips for teachers, curriculum and lesson plans, essays on teaching, a teacher discussion forum, a teaching resource center, a poetry readathon, and a list of great poems to teach. If poetry is an area of teaching weakness, poets.org is the poetry resource for you. If you're an expert on poetry and are looking for a little bit more, poets.org is the resource for you. If you love poetry and aren't even teaching it, poets.org is for you.

    Poets.org will make you look like a genius.

    • Click on great poems to teach.
    • Read the poem.
    • Click on the link to the author of the poem. Pretend you're a genius.

    Still not sure what to do? Don't worry.

    • Click on the curriculum and lesson plans link*.
    • Find one that interests you.
    • Print it out for free.
    • Pretend you're a genius.
    • Try these poetry lesson plans.
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    Poets.org for Students

    Students can find poets, poems, critical analysis, audio and video, essays and interviews, and discussion forums. You can assign research projects, do in class assignments, or just spark an interest. Try the following activity.

    1. Go to poets.org
    2. Read 10 poems.
    3. List the title of each poem.
    4. Choose two poems to annotate.
    5. Write a paragraph analysis on one of the two poems.
    6. Find biographical information about two poets.
    7. Write a paragraph on one of the two poets.

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