Common Core State Standards/College and Career Anchor Standards
- Reading: Key Ideas and Details, 2; Craft and Structure, 4; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, 7, 9
- Writing: Text Types and Purposes, 3; Production and Distribution of Writing, 5, 6
- Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration, 1, 2
- Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, 4, 5
- Interdisciplinary Connections: Science (Animals, Environmental Issues)
Studying Other Poet Videos
You can adapt the above activities to viewing/reading any of the other poems in the Poet-to-Poet collection. Of course, you will have to change the poem-specific activities, such as the preparation photo, and the poetic elements studied, but the viewing and reading and imagining activities (Lessons II and III) can be easily adapted.
Poets and Their Poems:
Juan Felipe Herrera, "Five Directions to My House"
Edward Hirsch, "Fast Break"
Jane Hirshfield, "My Skeleton"
Naomi Shihab Nye, "A Valentine for Ernest Mann"
Ron Padgett, "Nothing in that Drawer"
Arthur Sze, "The Owl"
Arthur Sze, "Here"
Anne Waldman, from "Manatee/Humanity"
Begin your Poet-to-Poet unit with these reading and observation activities for Arthur Sze's "The Owl."
This Poet-to-Poet lesson will engage your students with Arthur Sze's "The Owl" and the poet's recording of the poem.
The activities in this Poet-to-Poet lesson will get students thinking about what inspires poets and prepare them to write their own poems.
In the final lesson of the Poet-to-Poet unit, students will develop poetic techniques and presentation skills as they write and perform their own poems.