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The "Favorite Poem" Project

Lessons that focus on appreciating poetry

The "Favorite Poem Project" seeks to encourage active, engaging poetry lessons that emphasize a direct, vocal connection to poems. The site also offers video clips of individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.

"The lessons focus on appreciating poetry—reading, discussing, and enjoying poems—rather than on the writing of original poetry. (If poetry is first presented in classrooms as something to seek out and enjoy, rather than something to pick apart, label and decipher, students are more likely to become interested in developing a deeper understanding of meaning in poems.)