April 22, 2013

Learning Poems by Heart

Caroline Kennedy writes that, “If we learn poems by heart, we will always have their wisdom to draw on, and we gain an understanding that no one can take away.”

For the Poems to Learn by Heart collection, Kennedy chose more than 100 poems that can speak to all of us.


Caroline Kennedy on Learning Poems by Heart


The Poetry Foundation has collected a few poems from the book and offers a Poems to Learn Teacher Guide which includes activities aligned to Common Core Standards for grades K-12.

Sample Poems

Grades K-3Don't Worry if your Job is Small” by Anonymous
Some Words Inside of Words” by Richard Wilbur

Grades 4-6
Invitation to Love” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
A Blessing” by James Wright

Grades 7-12
Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes
Bilingual/Bilingüe” by Rhina Espaillat
If—” by Rudyard Kipling
Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

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