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Poetry Resources from WNET Education


Looking for ways to bring poetry into the classroom? Try these resources from WNET education and PBS LearningMedia and make sure to celebrate National Poetry Month all April long!



Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

In these videos from American Masters | Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, learn about the lasting impact of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and why it’s such an important piece of American literature as well as the life and activism of iconic American poet, Maya Angelou. Students answer discussion questions and analyze text throughout this collection.



The Day Carl Sandburg Died

In these videos from American Masters: The Day Carl Sandburg Died, students learn about Carl Sandburg and his early days as a “poet of the people” and analyze his body of work.



Hamilton’s America: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shakespeare, and Hip Hop

Explore the inspiration behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton, Miranda’s connection to Shakespeare, poetry, and literature, as well as the influence of hip hop in Miranda’s storytelling in this media galley from GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America.”



Shakespeare Uncovered Love at First Sonnet: Romeo and Juliet Meet

Use this video to look at how the lovers begin “talking in sonnets” when they meet and how their language of martyrdom predicts their tragic love affair. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of Act I, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn how the shared sonnet provides both an introduction to Romeo and Juliet’s love story and a road map for the tragedy to come.



FILMS BYKIDS: Poet Against Prejudice

Learn how a young girl who immigrated to New York City from Yemen dealt with Islamophobia in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: Poet against Prejudice. The video introduces students to 17-year-old filmmaker Faiza Almontaser, an anti-bullying activist. Faiza worked with a BYkids film mentor to tell the story of her experience as young Muslim in post-9/11 America.