Poets.org

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Learn all about American poets and poetry.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence
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Sex

Some poems have mature themes.

Language

Some poems have mature themes.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the poems include rough language and adult situations, so be sure to preview the content for younger readers first. The site includes reasonable links, such as Amazon.com, where the books and recordings may be purchased.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis
  • writing

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically
  • asking questions

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • imagination
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • academic development

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • self-awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Poetry lovers will have a field day browsing the vast collection of poetry and poet biographies. Less enthusiastic kids may need a little prodding. The site's design is a bit austere, but it's user-friendly enough.

Learning Approach

So many styles and topics of poetry are accessible, it's almost overwhelming. But kids can find their niche here, figuring out what moves them and then taking a stab at creating their own work.

Support

Navigating the site is intuitive, which is good as there's not a ton of guidance. Teens can save collections of favorites, called Notebooks. Activities abound: There's an app, Facebook page, and links to other poetry resources.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis
  • writing

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically
  • asking questions

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • imagination
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • academic development

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • self-awareness

Kids can explore a vast bank of contemporary and classic poetry, from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to poet laureate Kay Ryan's "Patience." They're able to view poems online, as well as hear recordings of many poems by their original authors. Poetry demands analysis, and teens can definitely look deeply into these texts to define what the writer's words mean to them. In the teen portal, they'll browse through "Poems Teens Like," writing exercises, and have a space to share their own work and get feedback from peers. Overall, Poets.org is a great, if slightly serious, place for young poetry lovers to explore and gather inspiration.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

This site, presented by the Academy of American Poets, showcases not only poets but their poems as well. You'll find biographies and photos of more than 450 American poets, past and present. Each has a selected bibliography of publications, the complete text of a handful of representative poems, and sometimes, a link to an audio recording of the poet reading his own work.

Is it any good?

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Poems were meant to be heard as well as read, and this site gives you that opportunity. Visit the online archive and hear more than 500 poems read by their authors. And teachers will appreciate the online Poetry Classroom section, with its lesson plans and links to local and state teaching standards for language arts. Parents should head for "Serious Play: Reading Poetry with Children" for ideas and suggested books and Web sites.

Looking for an appropriate poem for a graduation, wedding, or funeral? The "Poems for All Occasions" section of the National Poetry Almanac will point the way to suggested works. Careful: there's one section on "Poems of Passion and Sex" that is suitable only for mature audiences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different types of poetry and the forms they like best. Do you prefer poems that tell a story? Must a poem rhyme? What about free verse?

  • Parents can encourage their kids to express themselves by writing their own poetry.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byScrewball1999 August 11, 2013
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