Developed by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this website features videos of people reciting and talking about their favorite poems. The readers vary widely, from former President Bill Clinton to everyday people of all ages, filmed at their jobs or at home, across the nation.
POETRY EVERYWHERE was created by University of Wisconsin college students. These poetry films are appropriate for high school ages as well as younger readers. Many of the poems featured are by very well-known contemporary poets, and the website provides a lot of other features as well.
The Academy of American Poets website is for all ages, but TEXT FLOWS takes the reading of poetry to another level in terms of the poem's words and phrases being presented in a typographically animated form. This is a perfect example of the “non-threatening” aspect of poetry, with its "white space" as a canvas for the brief lines and images, which help some visual learners to better see and appreciate playing with words, and the condensed narrative power of the poetic voice.
This webpage includes links to videos of the Children's Poet Laureate reading her books and talking about her inspiration for writing them. There are also contemporary "Book Picks," recommendations of classic poetry books, and feature articles about children's poetry.
This award-winning website has a wide spectrum of published authors, interviews, poetry theater, games, how-to-write poetry lessons, lots of visual stimulation, and is a place where children can enter contests and contribute their own work.
POETRY for KIDS has word games, lesson plans, various poetry genre sections, and a fair amount of ads and promotional stuff as well, since its purpose is to promote the books and guest-poet-visits of children’s author Ken Nesbitt. But it’s a good resource for children.
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, this website provides information, poems, teaching units, etc. to encourage high school students to compete for state and national prizes in yearly recitation contests.
Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. For ideas on how to plan and implement author study units, see the Author Study Toolkit.
An excellent, comprehensive resource from the Teachers and Writers Collaborative Press in New York, home of the largest, longest-running poets-in-the-schools program in the nation. The book includes many easy-to-use lesson plans