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John Tenniel illustrated Lewis Carroll's poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter," as well as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (from which the poem is taken).

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“The Quadrennial Choosing”
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“The Quadrennial Choosing”

American poet Walt Whitman celebrates the act of voting in “Election Day, November, 1884.” He emphasizes that the “heart of it” is not the actual election of a representative, but instead “the act itself … the quadrennial choosing” that honors American demo...

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: elections, poetry, voting, walt whitman
Travels of Odysseus
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Travels of Odysseus

Use this geotour to follow Odysseus and his crew as they encounter nymphs and narcotics, cyclopes and sirens.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: adventure, ancient greece, classics, geotours, literature, mediterranean sea, myths, odysseus, the odyssey
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poetry

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about poems, poets, and poetry. Use search to find more.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
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The Walrus and the Carpenter

National Geographic photographs illustrate Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter," and instructional material provides a guide through the poem's literary devices.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: geostories, lewis carroll, literature, poetry, primary sources
The Law for the Wolves
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The Law for the Wolves

Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Law for the Wolves" is a canny analysis of the rights and responsibilities of an individual in a community.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: animals, books, colonialism, india, jungles, language, law for the wolves, poetry, rudyard kipling, the second jungle book
Read Across America Day
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Read Across America Day

On March 2, 1998, educators and students across the U.S. first celebrated Read Across America Day.

  • Concepts: books, celebrations, poetry, read across america, reading
Happy Valentine’s Day
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EDUCATION

Happy Valentine’s Day

On February 14, the western world celebrates Valentine’s Day, first connected with romantic love in 1382.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: business, holidays, love, valentine's day
Epigrams
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Epigrams

An epigram is a very short poem that is often mean-spirited. And funny.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: epigrams, history, literature, poetry
Plankton Migration/Haiku Creation
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Plankton Migration/Haiku Creation

Students listen to a read aloud of a children's science book and watch a short video on how plankton migrate in the ocean. Students write a poem describing their feelings about what they heard and saw.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: animal migration, marine species, migration, ocean, plankton
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The Khyber Pass
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The Khyber Pass

Kipling's "sword cut through the mountains" remains a place of conflict.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: afghanistan, arts, conflict, current events, geography, history, khyber pass, pakistan, poetry, war
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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EDUCATION

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Lost at sea. Shot albatross. Big mistake.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: arts, poetry, rime of the ancient mariner