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Biographical Dictionary - s9.com

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This Wikipedia-type dictionary includes more than 33,000 biographies on men and women from ancient times to today. Search by birth or death dates, professions, achievements, name or...more
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This Wikipedia-type dictionary includes more than 33,000 biographies on men and women from ancient times to today. Search by birth or death dates, professions, achievements, name or other keywords. Anyone can register to edit or add to a biography. If you do recommend this site as a source for research, be sure to have the discussion about its unknown authorship and usefulness as a general information tool but not as a "scholarly" resource.

tag(s): critical thinking (108)

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This site could be a terrific way to publish student research projects to the real world. When you assign research projects on a famous scientist, author, famous American, musician, etc., have students create their written projects in a format that will fit into this online dictionary, including providing links and references for their information. Younger students could write an entry together as a class (perhaps on an author whose book you have just read). Challenge middle and high school students to find articles in your research area that contain possible inaccuracies or bias (and the research to prove it) and present both the original and their proposed changes to the class before putting them online. What a critical thinking challenge!

Be sure to follow your district's acceptable use policy if you are allowing students to contribute to this site. Make sure you have written parent permission to post student work online.

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The Enjoyment of Music Online Tutor - W.W. Norton and Company

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6 to 12
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This online tutor for all things music across the ages provides everything from sound files to play as examples of different musical eras and composers to visual timelines and information...more
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This online tutor for all things music across the ages provides everything from sound files to play as examples of different musical eras and composers to visual timelines and information about composers, eras, and more. The Musical Materials portion explains musical terms and illustrates them with a brief, streaming audio clip. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): composers (21)

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Allow students to explore concepts, terms, or eras in partners and share their findings with the class or even better, create a product illustrating what they have learned: perhaps a PowerPoint slide that plays selected audio clips from a CD to illustrate terms or a podcast audio "tour" of an era in their own words. If you don't have the time for a student project, simply turn up your speakers and share the sound clips to support your curriculum. Be sure to share the site link on your teacher web page for curious musicians to explore the tutorials on their own or learn about an assigned composer outside of class. You can also set the "jukebox" for an era playing on speakers as students enter class and ask them to guess the era!
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How are You? - Genki English

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K to 8
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This ESL site uses cute graphics to illustrate a variety of feelings. Users can view them online or print them out as flash cards. Genki's commentary adds suggestions of how ...more
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This ESL site uses cute graphics to illustrate a variety of feelings. Users can view them online or print them out as flash cards. Genki's commentary adds suggestions of how to use the cards. An accompanying song file (RIGHT-click and Save Target As to download onto your computer) and lyrics spice up the lesson. There are also illustrative photos of a Japanese elementary class using hand gestures to reinforce the lesson. A free online game allows users to click on graphics when they hear the description of a feeling, such as, "I'm sad." Although the page itself advertises products, enough of the offerings are free to make this a worthwhile beginning-level ESL/ELL, speech/language, or emotional support lesson. This site requires Shockwave. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Share the activities on a computer cluster or interactive whiteboard with a group or a single computer with one or two students. Special Ed teachers may find the musical activity helps some students respond where they are usually more distant. For more lessons with illustrated gestures, flash cards, teaching suggestions, and songs for ESL students, scroll down to the bottom of this long page.

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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (180), diversity (36)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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Mama Lisa's World - Lisa Yannucci

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K to 10
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This site provides a multitude of songs and nursery rhymes from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. It is a user-friendly site with lyrics as ...more
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This site provides a multitude of songs and nursery rhymes from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. It is a user-friendly site with lyrics as well as audio of the song tunes (requires Quicktime). There are songs listed about colors, phonics, and much more in every language imaginable. Simply reading the titles will bring lesson plan ideas to mind! The options are endless with this site for primary and ESL students. World language teachers will also love the options for teaching basics.

tag(s): french (88), lyrics (19), nursery rhymes (18), rhymes (33), spanish (108)

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Be sure to turn up your speakers to use the audio portions. In primary grades: Use the rhymes for phonics and phonemic awareness activities as well as multicultural linguistic comparisons. Offer these songs, along with the corresponding song sheets as a listening center during guided reading. Teachers may find songs they forgot about long ago and would like to introduce them to the children with a personal anecdote or historical background as listed on the site.

In World language classes: use the songs to teach basic vocabulary and culture. ask your students to find and learn a song, then perform it for the class. Or even record a podcast of Spanish or French songs!

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The Victorian Web - George P. Landow

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9 to 12
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This site covers the Victorian period (roughly 1837 through 1901) and addresses everything from political and social history to gender matters, authors, periodicals, philosophy, religion,...more
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This site covers the Victorian period (roughly 1837 through 1901) and addresses everything from political and social history to gender matters, authors, periodicals, philosophy, religion, technology, and more. Since this covers much of the development of industry in the Western world, it is an invaluable source for studying the arts and humanities. History teachers who study the Industrial Revolution will like this site for its connections between technology and other areas of society. Note that music is included in the "theatre and popular entertainment" section. The composer of every high school student's favorite theme song, "Pomp and Circumstance," is included among the profiles. Can you find him/her?

tag(s): evolution (100), industrial revolution (25), victorian (21)

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In English, history, art or music classes, have students research aspects of Victorian times and present those pieces to the class. Everything from dressing up in costume to displaying the appropriate manners is game! Portraying authors, actors, and others at the popular soir?es using the language of the time would be a great learning experience for students. In fact, there are more than enough authors and others listed to have quite a party of in full regalia and language. What a dinner party that might be!

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Toy Theater Piano Puppet - Toy Theater

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K to 8
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This simple, musical activity presents students with a simple toy piano (with colored keys). Students can play the piano, save it, and then play the sounds back. This website would...more
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This simple, musical activity presents students with a simple toy piano (with colored keys). Students can play the piano, save it, and then play the sounds back. This website would be extremely useful in an elementary or middle school music class, or a science class learning about sound. The Toy Theater Piano requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. The site takes a few moments to load, even on a quick connection.

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Use an interactive whiteboard to share the creative music composed by your students. Don't forget to plug in your speakers and turn up the volume! With older students, challenge them to recreate a famous tune.
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Sound Junction - Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (UK)

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3 to 12
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Want to know how music is really put together? Do you love exploring and creating different sounds? You don't need to be a music teacher (or teacher of gifted and ...more
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Want to know how music is really put together? Do you love exploring and creating different sounds? You don't need to be a music teacher (or teacher of gifted and talented) to appreciate this site, but if you are one, you will want to mark this as a Favorite immediately. As the site says itself, "You can take music apart and find out how it works, create music yourself, find out how other people make music and how they perform it, you can find out about musical instruments, and look at the backgrounds to different musical styles."

Interact with musical instruments or create your own music and share your composition with others on the web. Lively, crisp sounds echo from this site so use your best musical "ear." Teachers can find many ways to collaborate with others around the world by clicking "Find music teaching resources," an area that even includes Sound Junction activities created by other teachers. Free membership allows you to save music you create and save your "journey" through the site's tools so you can retrace your steps another day. If high school music students are allowed to use personal accounts, they can create music individually or in small groups. Even working together as a class is a remarkable experience from beginner to professional level. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): sound (100), sounds (68)

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Be sure to hook up speakers or headphones to share in class. Music teachers who have access to an interactive whiteboard or projector can enjoy composing music together with the whole class, then posting to the web for the school community to enjoy. Elementary students will develop a better "ear" just from the Music Explorer which will "feature" different voices from within a piece of music. Both Explorer and Composer require a "Sequence Xtra" plug-in (offered for free download). Teachers of gifted will want to share this resource with their talented musicians. There is so much in this site it could take months to discover it all.
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Hyper History Online - The World History Project

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6 to 12
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This comprehensive history/culture resource is the mother of all timelines with over 3000 years of history available in "synchronoptic" form, that is, in parallel timelines. Users...more
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This comprehensive history/culture resource is the mother of all timelines with over 3000 years of history available in "synchronoptic" form, that is, in parallel timelines. Users can view by searching year, event, people, stories, subjects, events, political movements, and maps. Constant updates to the events section and additional "people" lines ensure the timeliness of this amazing site. (The site does NOT include people who are still alive). The span of the timelines and people, events, and cultures is extensive. Timeline elements are clickable for more information. We recommend the site for grades 6 and up purely because of the level of exposure necessary to appreciate all the information and because of the reading level.

tag(s): biographies (86), politics (99)

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Use this site for context regarding what was going on all over the world at any given time, especially as you launch class discussion of a new topic or time period. Help students see relationships between what they know and what else was occurring at the same time. Use it to pose questions about how events and people may be related, as well. This site will work very well on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Toy Theater - Toy Theater

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K to 5
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown...more
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown links. The difficulty ranges from simple primary skills to more challenging puzzles. Use these great interactives to teach music composition, practice with numbers, letters, and colors, do paper cut-outs like Henri Matisse, or practice math and reading skills. ESL or elementary spelling teachers will like the simple "crossword" vocabulary interactive. All links are interactive and require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): alphabet (92), animation (63), counting (120), numbers (204), spelling (168)

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Use these activities as a center, with partners, or on an interactive whiteboard. Turn up the speakers for sound on the music portions.
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National Dance Education Organization

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K to 12
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The National Dance Education Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education. ...more
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The National Dance Education Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education.

tag(s): dance (28)

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education

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K to 12
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Nursery Rhymes - Snaith Primary School

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K to 3
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This collection provides the lyrics and tunes to many famous nursery rhymes. The website also provides a few thought provoking questions for students to ponder after you read through...more
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This collection provides the lyrics and tunes to many famous nursery rhymes. The website also provides a few thought provoking questions for students to ponder after you read through the nursery rhymes. There are a few printable pages. This site requires Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): lyrics (19), nursery rhymes (18), preK (279), rhymes (33)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. The website would also work well with cooperative learning groups or class activities (don't forget your interactive whiteboard).

Open the music files (Quicktime) in a new window by RIGHT clicking the link and choosing "Open in new window" so you can listen to the tune and sing along by following the words. Don't forget to turn up your speakers. These Quicktime files take a few long moments to load. Don't be put off by the white screen while you wait.
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KIDiddles Song Lyrics - KIDiddles

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K to 3
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Find the lyrics to favorite children's songs, ready for you to share in the classroom. Many also have MIDI audio files with them for you to sing along. The indexing ...more
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Find the lyrics to favorite children's songs, ready for you to share in the classroom. Many also have MIDI audio files with them for you to sing along. The indexing is well done with songs organized alphabetically by the first word of the song. There is also a subject index helpful for planning a lesson on a certain theme. You can also search by phrase and more (see the explanation of phrase searching as well as substring matching. Some songs include a suggestion how it might be used: dance, fingerplay, etc. Information about song origin, adaptation, and copyright information is available as well.

tag(s): lyrics (19), songs (52)

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Turn up your speakers, then share this site with the school librarian and parents for great times using songs with fingerplays, dances, and other activities. Sing along as a center by finding a song to fit this week's classroom theme or invent your own class set of words to a familiar tune once your students know the original. Students can write verses, and the entire class create a chorus!

Use songs with elementary ESL/ELL students help perfect pronunciation, intonation, and memory of English phrases. Include this link on your teacher web page for parents to help speech or ESL/ELL students "sing along" at home.

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Lovely Christmas

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This holiday website has a magnitude of information about Christmas. There are close to 100 articles of interest provided. Topics include Christmas around the world, crafts, cooking,...more
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This holiday website has a magnitude of information about Christmas. There are close to 100 articles of interest provided. Topics include Christmas around the world, crafts, cooking, entertainment, games, gifts, history and more! My personal favorite aspect of this website was the information provided about the Christmas traditions in America, Australia, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Scotland, Spain and other countries.

tag(s): christmas (64)

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Be sure to check out this informative website when planning holiday lessons and festivities. Have a worldwide holiday celebration with traditional activities from different cultures and religions or include some of these explanationa as readings during a holiday musical program at your school.

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Virtual Keyboard - Birmingham Grid For Learning

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Check out this virtual keyboard that allows users to select an instrument, chord mode, or drum pattern. The instrument choices include a piano, an organ, a saxophone, a flute, ...more
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Check out this virtual keyboard that allows users to select an instrument, chord mode, or drum pattern. The instrument choices include a piano, an organ, a saxophone, a flute, pipes, strings, a guitar, steel drums, and a double bass. Users are able to explore the sounds of the various instruments and click on the virtual piano keys to listen to the sounds. There are also detailed instructions included (click on the instructions button). This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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This website is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. Use this website to teach basic music theory, blending notes, and even how to make chords. Let the students use their fingers to make music by touch. Special ed techers may find that this tool motivates their non-verbal or autistic students as a reward. Be sure to turn up speakers or use headphones to control sound levels as you wish them to be!
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Learning from Lyrics - Johnathan Chase,

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9 to 12
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This site offers a unit/lesson plan that provides the opportunity for students to use their own music to be involved in poetry and music. It also gives links to other ...more
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This site offers a unit/lesson plan that provides the opportunity for students to use their own music to be involved in poetry and music. It also gives links to other pertinent sites, such as a "Blues Bus Trip" that involves students in the history of their music. This is great for Humanitites-oriented classes.

tag(s): lyrics (19), poetry (227)

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Offering six 45-minute lessons, this is a wonderful site for your reluctant learners. While students are encouraged to use their own music, you can offer suggestions of different types of music (such as folk music or Celtic, opera or jazz or blues, etc.). You might adjust plans around the lessons given, assigning different music genres to small groups or individuals which would then incorporate research into the project. The links on this page offer a wide variety of places to go and things to do for students.

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Resources for Primary Teachers - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 5
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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science,...more
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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science, special needs, history, geography, health, holidays, and many other subject areas. The website also offers many lesson plans - find the lesson plans by clicking on the subject. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences! Most of the activities are interactive and require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): gifted (96), holidays (147)

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This website is ideal for interactive whiteboards. The amount of topics and information is truly amazing. Don't miss this incredible resource!
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Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet - National Endowment for the Humanities

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8 to 12
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If you want to make your students love the SOUND of poetry, this is the site for you. While knowing the terms for rhythms, meters, etc. is important to teachers ...more
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If you want to make your students love the SOUND of poetry, this is the site for you. While knowing the terms for rhythms, meters, etc. is important to teachers and for testing, it seems more important for students to understand the sound that comes from language and appreciate it. The terms can always come later and will be connected to a meaningful experience students can recall. This site provides seven sound experiments to whet your students' appetites for poetry. The site provides step-by-step instructions on the seven "experiments" used to involved students in the music of language. It also provides multiple links to different eras from the early Elizabethan sonnets to the Romantics through Victorian and American poets.

tag(s): poetry (227), sonnets (7)

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Conduct these lessons in their "traditional" ways or consider letting students make a podcast of one or more of the experiments so their peers can "hear" the lesson over and over with explanation and commentary from their peers. These podcasts could be the start of a library to accompany the teaching of poetry in your school. If you have never tried podcasting, the relatively simple structure of these "experiments" gives you a structured place to start.

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The Poetics of Hip Hop - Theresa Sotto

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9 to 12
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This site gives lessons to help provide analysis of hip hop music and lyrics and provide students with a greater understanding of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry. It ...more
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This site gives lessons to help provide analysis of hip hop music and lyrics and provide students with a greater understanding of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry. It is a great way to get reluctant English students involved in language and the way it works.

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Four 45-minute lessons are structured to that students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets, then analyze hip hop music to determine common characteristics between the Bard's work and the music of hip hop artists. Students will reinforce their understanding of the connections between hip hop and poetry through close analysis of the works of poets Saul Williams and Nikki Giovanni, and through the creation of their own poetry. Related websites offer a variety of directions to take students, making this adaptable for many kinds of lessons.

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