Songs My Teacher Taught Me, created by teaching fellow Anthony Consiglio, is a series of three lesson plans intended to guide students through approximately one month of poetry study. This unit involves minimal technology requirements but extends across a wide range of poetry. Of the eighteen poets included; eight are women, six are African American; two are nineteenth-century poets and the three lesson plans are thematically broken into "What Is Poetry?" "Poems of Childhood," and "Self and Society." Each of the three lesson plans includes a short reading list, a brief introduction setting tone and theme, a series of analytical questions, two creative activities, and at least one writing assignment. As Consiglio notes in his Teaching Guide, the lessons can be presented in many different ways and are applicable to a wide variety of classrooms and students.
Unit Length: 20 Class Periods