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Poetry & Literature

From haiku to hip-hop; slam poetry to the origin of our national anthem. Poetry reaches back through cultural traditions while also inspiring young artists on the cutting edge of self-expression.

Audio Series
How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word?
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music
Video Series
Young slam-poets perform at the Kennedy Center, with Hip Hop giants Questlove and Black Thought
Series
Discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will listen to and analyze jazz music in this lesson
Grades K-2 Lesson
Teach students about patterns in poetry, art, and the world around them
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry
Article
Help students build language and communication skills through poetry and puppetry
Multimedia Series
A foster child uses poetry to cope with his troubled past
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Explore a “singable” picture book and examine a poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music
This Day in the Arts
January 11, 1978: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle Award®
This Day in the Arts
January 19, 1809: Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
February 01, 1902: Langston Hughes is born in Joplin, Missouri
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February 08, 1828: Jules Verne is born in Nantes, France
This Day in the Arts
March 02, 1904: Dr. Seuss is born in Springfield, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
March 11, 1818: Frankenstein is published
This Day in the Arts
March 20, 1852: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published
This Day in the Arts
April 02, 1805: Hans Christian Andersen is born in Odense, Denmark
This Day in the Arts
April 05, 1974: Stephen King’s first novel is published
This Day in the Arts
April 10, 1925: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is published
This Day in the Arts
April 23, 1564: William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
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May 09, 1921: T.S. Eliot conceives of “The Waste Land” in a letter
This Day in the Arts
May 18, 1897: Bram Stoker's Dracula is published
This Day in the Arts
May 22, 1859: Arthur Conan Doyle is born in Edinburgh, Scotland
This Day in the Arts
May 28, 1908: Ian Fleming is born in London, England
This Day in the Arts
June 12, 1942: Anne Frank begins keeping a diary
This Day in the Arts
June 13, 1994: Lois Lowry accepts the Newbery Medal for The Giver
This Day in the Arts
June 25, 1903: George Orwell is born in Motihari, India
This Day in the Arts
July 11, 1960: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is published
This Day in the Arts
July 16, 1951: J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is published
This Day in the Arts
July 21, 1899: Ernest Hemingway is born in Oak Park, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
July 24, 1802: Alexandre Dumas is born in Villers-Cotterets, France
This Day in the Arts
July 25, 1897: Jack London sails for the Klondike
This Day in the Arts
July 30, 1935: Penguin Books is founded
This Day in the Arts
July 31, 1935: J.K. Rowling is born in Yate, England
This Day in the Arts
August 30, 1904: Henry James returns to the U.S. after two decades abroad
This Day in the Arts
September 13, 1913: Roald Dahl is born in Llandaff, Wales
This Day in the Arts
September 14, 1814: Francis Scott Key writes the poem that would become “The Star-Spangled Banner”
This Day in the Arts
October 14, 1926: Winnie-the-Pooh is published
This Day in the Arts
October 25, 1962: John Steinbeck wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
This Day in the Arts
November 08, 1894: Robert Frost publishes his first poem
This Day in the Arts
November 11, 1922: Kurt Vonnegut is born in Indianapolis, Indiana
This Day in the Arts
November 26, 1864: Reverend Charles L. Dodgson gives Alice Liddell a manuscript entitled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
This Day in the Arts
November 30, 1835: Mark Twain is born in Florida, Missouri
This Day in the Arts
December 09, 1608: John Milton is born in London, England
This Day in the Arts
December 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
December 12, 1628: Charles Perrault is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
December 19, 1843: A Christmas Carol is published
This Day in the Arts
December 29, 1916: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published
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