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Online Poetry Classroom

Online Poetry Classroom

Online Poetry Classroom is a program of The Academy of American Poets that is designed to enhance poetry education in the United States. OPC employs technology to encourage the development of new poetry curricula and teaching strategies by high school English and Language Arts teachers. Online Poetry Classroom is a virtual community that consists of the following features How to teach, What to teach, Find a Poet, Find a Poem, forums and links.
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Lisa Snyder
Lisa Snyder (null)
16 years ago
This site can be extremely useful for a new or experienced teacher. The
"How to Teach section" is
a user-friendly guide for teachers offering both teaching tips and ideas. In
addition, the "What to
Teach section" offers the teacher a listing of great poems to teach that have
been collected by the
Teachers and Writer Collaborative, along with 100 best poems to memorize. The
Teacher Forum
is a very interesting area which includes threaded discussions on teaching
methodology. The
Teacher Research Center is also a valuable resource as it includes links to
litservs, tools,
conferences& festivals, and poetry curricula.

Technical Remarks:

The layout and design of the site will be familiar to most savvy
Internet users. The screens are
easy to read and to navigate. The icons on the opening page are appealing and
logical to the user.
The site has good use of color that helps to guide the user to various links.
The use of color is
consistent throughout the pages and the poems are in a large font that makes it
easy to read. The
user also has the option to view information in text only and larger text. There
is a built in help
feature on the site that guides you through the site.

Problems did occur when trying to use the audio and video links, although no
error messages ever
appeared. The site should provide you with its technical requirements.