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The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database - Split This Rock

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10 to 12
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This searchable collection of over 300 poems is designed to share poetry by socially engaged poets. Poetry topics cover a wide variety of themes including aging, economics, and environmental...more
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This searchable collection of over 300 poems is designed to share poetry by socially engaged poets. Poetry topics cover a wide variety of themes including aging, economics, and environmental issues. Use the filters to search by format, language, and more. Many poems include audio and video versions, and international poets offer translations into English. Note: this site contains several adult themes including gender identity and sexuality. Be sure to preview any content before sharing with your students.

In the Classroom

Be sure to preview any work on this site before sharing with your students. Take advantage of this database for use when looking for contemporary poetry to use in your classroom. Enjoy sharing poetry with students as models for poetry writing and reading or to introduce poets to your students. Be sure to ask students what the poem says about the poet as part of a self identity unit. Once students have written their own poems, ask them what the poem says about their own self identity. Instead of asking students to create a written journal of poetry, replace the written journal and build a poetry portfolio by having them use a bookmarking tool like Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet to add links to student-created poetry, poems from their favorite poets, audio recordings of their poetry, and videos sharing different structures of poetry. As a final project, ask students to extend learning and classroom technology by creating podcasts discussing and featuring both their work and the work of favorite poets. Anchor, reviewed here, is a free, easy to use podcast creation and sharing site.

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