Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Resources highlights resources in the collections of the Library of Congress, including personal paper and manuscript collections, the LGBT Life Database and the “Serving in Silence” stories from the Veterans History Project.
Reading Rockets: National Poetry Month features video interviews with children’s poets, a list of resources for learning through poetry, and suggested activities for celebrating National Poetry Month.
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in […]
Carl Sandburg’s Chicago: Bringing a Great City Alive Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Included in countless anthologies, this poem made famous the description of Chicago as “City of the Big Shoulders,” celebrating its role at the time as the industrial capital of the United […]
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, historian, and folklorist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this biography of Lincoln and a second for his poetry. His family?s home in North Carolina is now a National Historic Site. Included are a timeline, biographies of Sandburg family members, curriculum materials […]
Read.gov features classic books online for children and teens. Find the text and illustrations of “Humpty Dumpty,” “Mother Goose,” “The Three Bears,” “Our Flag,” “The Arabian Nights,” “The Secret Garden,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Raven,” and other classics. The site also provides webcasts of authors, writing contests, and teaching resources.
Poetry Everywhere provides 10 videos, as well as essays and lessons, to help students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. The videos feature seminal voices of poetry, past and present, from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to Seamus Heaney, Marie Howe, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest aimed to encourage memorization and performance of great poems. Materials to support that aim are provided online: texts of 450 poems, sound recordings of 35 poetry readings and lectures, and contest information for students and teachers. See poems by more than 250 poets, including Dickinson, Donne, Dove, […]
Knowing Poe introduces us to the life, works, and writing techniques of Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about point of view in “The Cask of Amontillado.” See Poe’s edits in subsequent versions of “The Lake.” Discover how he used code in “The Gold Bug” and imagery in “The Black Cat.” Learn about “The Raven” and “My […]
Poetry provides more than 40 books of (and about) poetry written in the 19th century.