Howe Independent School District

"Educating the Hope of Tomorrow"

Maya Angelo

*   Biography - CNN report  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxB1H12NEhM

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings poem by Maya Angelou   http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings/

Videos of Poem  “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” with words and pictures:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH7A7ZKluns&feature=related

Actress reciting the poem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYG9zIUDF0

** Maya reading “Still I Rise” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik4bnjUCTbE&feature=related

 ** Interview of author – “Finding My Voice” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVpRt1sxaM8&feature=related

Wikipedia article about "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"  -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/  I_Know_Why_the_Caged_Bird_Sings   

Biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou  

List of her poems http://www.poemhunter.com/maya-angelou/poems/  

 

 

Roald Dahl

Biography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwa9TWdj-Zw  

Recitation with words of “The Crocodile” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ6g7-V3mnw  

 With illustrations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL2QdMkDElM  

Dahl recites “The Dentist and the Crocodile” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvtO11z3Bb0  

 

Emily Dickinson

Biography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AinRZ2fy1s0

*** Crash course biography by John Green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4WwhOdk_Eg  

Recitation of “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4dIzXmZSmc  

“I’m Nobody Who Are You”

** Recitation with words http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev15wAJkzwM   

 ** Poem performed by musician http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3cbpCYHLME  

 Favorite Poem project - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iujuCP3Mkn8  

 Performed as a song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmuZ810TfB8  

** Short film project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdFH6_JjAH4

** Stop action illustrated poem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ytwOgvrPo

 

Douglas Florian

Douglas Florian talks about his favorite word http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8W4y-gHe4Q  

Florian reads his poem “The Drone Bees” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHsx8Ri8rs4  

“Hello My Name is Dracula” recited by a class http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX0nnL3Ud0w  

Animation of “What I love About Winter” and “What I hate about Winter” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCMRBymVN0s  

 

Robert Frost

Article about Frost   http://www.kyrene.org/schools/brisas/sunda/poets/frost.htm

Links to some of his poems   http://www.internal.org/Robert_Frost

*** Robert Frost reading his poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfOxdZfo0gs

*** Animated version of poem (very good!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEtMLqP7tpA  

Recitation with photos  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3HBgBVdxLo&feature=related  

Ways to enjoy Stopping by the Woods:

**Singer performing the poem as a song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVXBFcnTn9U

**Performed by a youth choir  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxHAUIG-SDI  

Banjo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxkOV0iQa_A

“The Road Not Taken” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v4M73_WKl4&feature=related

 

Eloise Greenfield

Video of “Honey I Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ThPQXNsfI

Performer and chorale response for “Way Down in the Music” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0VBqBE6XWc  

1st graders reciting “Things” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHWDfY3ruEg

 Little girl reciting “Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take No Stuff” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcLirCEHedI  

 

Nikki Grimes

Message from Nikki Grimes on the importance of books http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u6uxzkhGmc

Grimes reading from “Words with Wings”  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIdII77AMoo

Student recitation/animation of “The Pen” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E2EYYZXicI

 

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a famous African American poet, playwright, and author. He is known for infusing Jazz music with literature. He was a big part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. Hughes wanted to tell the stories of his people including their suffering and love of music, laughter, and language. He died of cancer in 1967. A street in New York City was renamed in his honor… Langston Hughes Place.  (http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83)

Biography of Langston Hughes (class project) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbHrZEz8Dao

Biography “Our History in Black” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBTe4IG60u0  

 Langston Hughes reading his poems…. “I, Too” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CUKyVrhPgM

“The Weary Blues” (1958) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM7HSOwJw20

Dramatic Interpretation of “Mother to Son” performed by Shimah Abdullah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrK7Q9zLWZ0  

List of Langston Hughes’ poems http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/langston_hughes  

 

Emma Lazarus

Emma was an inspiration for her people - she gave them a voice. She also loved the American way and thought of it as a place of peace.  Emma was very studious - by the time she was eleven she had learned Italian, French, and German.  She even started to translate foreign poet’s works.  When she was seventeen, her dad had her first collection of books published: “Poems and Translations” which was then followed by “Admetus and Other Poems.”

Biography for Emma Lazarus:  book trailer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9DIWPO8eaE  

 Ken Burns biography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOn4L1C0xqU  

http://www.poemhunter.com/emma-lazarus/biography/

Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” (Statue of Liberty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=E4wYFs5F76E

List of her poems:  http://www.poemhunter.com/emma-lazarus/

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Biography and some of his poems http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/henry-wadsworth-longfellow   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow   

 

“Arrow and the Song”
Analysis of the poem http://www.eliteskills.com/c/4069  

 

Reciting of poem, sang as a song, choir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev-vk8QDreM&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL7FD3D456DA409C0C

Disney’s version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_JfYHeiSNY   

High school choir singing the poem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyuvCqjbR88&feature=related

 

Pat Mora

Pat Mora talks about writing about one’s own culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZhF54anv0&list=PLoU659hwTdDZtR24qbg8nGkwqW4oBfsXG  

Pat Mora reads her poem “Mi Madre” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gra4TuMoMMg

Interview with Pat Mora  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0bST3Jbea0  

Student project about Mora  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sEOeLcagrQ

 

Naomi Shihbab Nye

Naomi grew up with two entirely different cultures: a Palestinian father and an American mother.  During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University.  Growing up with two different cultures showed Naomi different ways of thinking and different life styles.  She has explored the similarities and differences of cultures through her writings.

**Naomi reading her poems:  “One Boy Told Me”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJ3FP8aDjY  

**“Please Describe How You Became a Writer”, “Fresh”, “During a War”, and “Truth Serum” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2irhTjhXebo   

Interviews with Naomi:  On slowing down…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78JbPJQ9xjg

**On importance of poetry…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUp5zfUJyDQ  

A list of Naomi’s poems:  http://www.poemhunter.com/naomi-shihab-nye/

After the attack on 9-11 Naomi wrote a letter to Any Would-Be Terrorists'.   This is the link http://godlas.myweb.uga.edu/shihabnye.html

Biography about Naomi:  http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/naomi_shihab_nye/biography

 

 Jack Prelutsky

Video of “Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbudP3GhGuI  


 

Christina Rossetti

“What is Pink? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMAwYNXMHno  

“Hurt No Living Thing”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK6aQpUn_1k  

“Who Has Seen the Wind” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA96d0UQ208  

Biography  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPEabrzEOi8

 

 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Biography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZKvW9u3Uxc  

Disney animation for “My Shadow”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha5Dp2NGFRM&nohtml5=False

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15NI3TKdoI0

 

“The Swing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fl7MFqU25g  

Someone singing “The Swing”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDrgYcEJ1Yo  

“Singing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbA5LY3lU_I  

 

Jane Taylor

“The Star” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_T0yxoMC2c  

Musical version of “The Star” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz3awVsOe7A  

 

John Greenleaf Whittier

John was a Quaker (a form of Christianity given their nicknames because of the way they shook when they prayed.   He was an abolitionist and wrote articles and poems against the institution of slavery.  His poems were loved so much that his birthday became a holiday of sorts.   His poems were read by school children.

** Biography of John Greenleaf Whittier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyOzIORAopk   

** “In School Days” performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s62ovc3sRWI  

*** “Don’t Quit” Poem recited by a 3 year old -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8N8tB8MkUU  

Recitation with images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1bJc4yHuf8&feature=player_detailpage

Snowbound poem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBEh0aK17vo  

Poems and a biography of John Greenleaf Whittier http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=john%20greenleaf%20whittier&source=web&cd=11&sqi=2&ved=0CH0QFjAK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kimopress.com%2Fwhittier.htm&ei=NwLqT7ffM6zo2gXvjLHBCA&usg=AFQjCNG3_hE7VQedSpqdFtr_a2Y4fc3nZg

Biography (7 min.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Bj_2vLu9Y  

“The Pumpkin” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9wymAgUNzg  

 

 

Under the Mambo Moon (poetry, music, & dancing from Latin America)

 

1.  The Girl From Ipanema http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NldPFVKYmiw  

2.  Cha Cha Cha Dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5kulXgzroU  

How to dance Cha Cha Cha with Mark Ballas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHphGC6f1wM  

3.  Zampona (flute instrument) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSi1KFqgBMs  

4.  Candombe (drum) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q4CXphI9cQ  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXncLUbKzro  

5.  San Jarocho (stringed instruments)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z7rptEKE1Y

 
 
Poetry Performances:
 

Sarah Kay Poem “Hands” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuAbGJBvIVY

 
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