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Amy Erin Borovoy

Celebrate Poetry Month!

Whether the thought of poetry makes your blood pump faster or conjures up stereotypes of disaffected beat writers, there's no doubt that when taught well, it can get kids excited about reading, writing, performing, and finding their voice.
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  • Poetry Open Mic
    An elementary teacher builds community and covers core Language Arts standards by holding weekly open mics in her classroom.
    An elementary teacher builds community and covers core Language Arts standards by holding weekly open mics ...
    TeachingChannel
    5:38
    Louder Than a Bomb documentary trailer - long version
    Moving trailer for a documentary about four teams of young people in Chicago preparing to compete in the world's largest youth poetry slam.
    Moving trailer for a documentary about four teams of young people in Chicago preparing to compete in the wo...
    siskeljacobs
    3:27
    Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time
    Two-time poet laureate Billy Collins gives us our "recommended dietary allowance" of poetry, including animated videos of 5 of his poems.
    Two-time poet laureate Billy Collins gives us our "recommended dietary allowance" of poetry, incl...
    TED
    15:14
    3-year-old recites poem, "Litany" by Billy Collins
    I couldn't resist this viral gem, featuring a serious little boy who clearly has an aptitude for memorization and a dramatic flair.
    I couldn't resist this viral gem, featuring a serious little boy who clearly has an aptitude for memori...
    D Chelpka
    2:00
    The Poetry Friendly Classroom: teachers on writing
    One in a full series of short videos by Booktrust in the UK, with great tips for teachers on encouraging children to love writing poetry.
    One in a full series of short videos by Booktrust in the UK, with great tips for teachers on encouraging ch...
    Booktrust
    3:04
    Poetry Out Loud, In Their Own Words
    The National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud program is a national recitation contest that starts in the classrooom and ends up in DC.
    The National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud program is a national recitation contest that star...
    National Endowment for the Arts
    4:52
    TEDxNYED - Global Writes - 03/05/2011
    This incredible organization uses technology to connect students in urban schools to compete in slams with students in other cities.
    This incredible organization uses technology to connect students in urban schools to compete in slams with ...
    TEDx Talks
    13:43
    Poetry Workstations
    Great lesson plan alert! Teams of kids analyze "poetry in motion" videos, then blog and podcast their reflections. Technology + literacy = win!
    Great lesson plan alert! Teams of kids analyze "poetry in motion" videos, then blog and podcast t...
    TeachingChannel
    4:38
    A Terrible Thing to Waste
    A student's powerful poem about how critical it is to teach to the heart as well as the head. Caution, some language and content is intense.
    A student's powerful poem about how critical it is to teach to the heart as well as the head. Caution, ...
    semsemah88
    1:58
    Produce a Poetry Slam For Your High School.mov
    Ready to put on a poetry slam in your own school? Start here. A writing teacher takes you step-by-step through how to produce your own slam.
    Ready to put on a poetry slam in your own school? Start here. A writing teacher takes you step-by-step thro...
    MrJayDarwin
    10:02
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