National Poetry Month Resources in GALILEO

Are your students studying rhythm and rhyme for National Poetry Month? From the ancients to recent Pulitzer Prize winners, students can find poetry criticism, poet biographies, full-text poems, and more in Literary Reference Center. And, when they are trying to figure out what onomatopoeia means, Literary Reference Center also includes a literary glossary for that.

For a broader search for middle and high school students, just type a poet’s name, a type of poetry, or the words, poet* or poetry criticism, into the Discover GALILEO search box to find articles and more.

If you’re looking for a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 18, 2013, here’s a quick tip for finding poems. In Literary Reference Center, go to Advanced Search, leave the search field blank, and then limit your search to Poem in the Document Types section. Click the Search button, and you have thousands of poems at your fingertips.

Elementary and middle students can find fun poetry activities in SIRS Discoverer. Search for “poetry” and look for the red “a” code that indicates articles with activities. Students will also find editorially-selected websites and articles about poets and poetry.

Students of all ages can also write a poem about their own hometown and create a digital story to share their personal narratives in the activities outlined by the Where I’m From in GALILEO lesson plan. See the GALILEO site for the lesson plan, poem template, GPS alignments, guides to resources and tools, and an example video and poster.

Teachers, media specialists, and other school personnel can find classroom activities and lesson plans in ERIC. Search for “poetry and activity” and limit by grade level in Advanced Search. Check both and ERIC@EBSCOhost – each may have different items in full text. Professional Development Collection also includes research articles and practical guidance for the teaching of poetry. Just search for “poetry study,” “poetry slams,” or a favorite poetry-related term.

Find plenty of interesting Georgia poets in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Browse to Literature > Poetry to see the list. Several of the poets have video and audio clips included with the article, so don’t miss David Bottoms talking about metaphor or the reading of Sidney Lanier’s “The Marshes of Glynn.” Students can also read about Georgia poets, Alice Walker and Judith Ortiz Cofer as well as Natasha Tretheway, who is the current poet laureate for the United States.

See the archived Poetry Resources in GALILEO webinar in the Archived Sessions section of GALILEO Training and download the handout from the Presentation and Materials page.

Please Contact Us if you have questions or comments or if you need to report problems.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

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Posted on March 26, 2013, in GALILEO and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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