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National Poetry Month

Sound Learning Feature for April 2005

From American Public Media's Writer's Almanac

This month we visit American Public Media's The Writer's Almanac.

In April 1996, the Academy of American Poets began National Poetry Month, which brings together writers, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and schools around the country to promote poetry in American culture. Thousands of businesses and literary organizations support National Poetry Month by hosting readings, festivals, workshops, and other events.

The Writer's Almanac is a good resource for introducing poetry into our daily lives. It can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country. Each program features a poem, read by Garrison Keillor, and historical notes about literary figures.

The poems and readings in this month's feature are of particular interest to teachers and students of English/language arts and creative writing.

Click on these links to find instructional ideas and study guides for the material on The Writer's Almanac site.
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The student exercises provided this month are based on poems previously featured on The Writer's Almanac.

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"Riding Lesson" by Henry Taylor
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"The Lesson" by Edward Lucie-Smith
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"What Happened When Bobby Jack Cockrum..." by David Lee
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"Latin" by Anonymous
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"Alphabet" by R.T. Smith
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"Criss Cross Apple Sauce" by Thomas Lux
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"In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never to Forget You And I Never Did," by Alberto Rios
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"To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov
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"First Lesson" by Philip Booth
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"The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb" by Sharon Olds
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"The History Teacher" by Billy Collins
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"History Books" by Thomas Lux
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