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2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery credits his high school teacher and baseball coach Derik Goffena for pushing him to beat the odds.

He told me, "You have to work hard. If it comes easily, it's probably something you don't want."

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Best of the Web: Poetry in the Classroom

Periodically we compile a list of the best of what the Internet has to offer to teachers—be that in the classroom or just in daily life. The current edition, “Poetry in the Classroom” emphasizes websites that provide resources to teachers looking to incorporate lessons on poetry in their classrooms. A number of the websites offer lesson plans, worksheets, projects, and activities. This edition was created in honor of National Poetry Month .

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Poetry in the Classroom

Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month with the New York Times
The New York Times has created a list of creative ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, some of which include: attending a slam poetry reading or participating in the Found Poem Student Contest.
Scholastic: Celebrate National Poetry Month
Scholastic provides resources, poetry writing workshops, and ideas for inspiring young poets in the classroom. They also provide printable poetry prompts for teachers to use in their classrooms.
The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation has developed curriculum for teaching essential African American poetry to students of all ages. They also provide links to core learning poems, teacher tips, and discussion questions.
Poets House
The Poets House is a national poetry library and literacy center. They offer events and poetry readings for children and have a section of their website that is dedicated to librarians and educators.
California Teachers Association
The California Teachers Association provides a helpful resource for teachers called “Tips for Teachers”. The list includes a number of ways to make poetry an important part of April and the rest of the school year. The tips were developed with the help of the Dodge Poetry Festival, the National Council of Teachers of English, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. This website also provides recommended reading lists, activities, and lesson plans.
Education World
Teachers can find a number of helpful poetry resources on the Education World website. These resources include: lesson plans, teacher-submitted lesson plans, a poster gallery, activities, and projects.
Poets.org
Poets.org has a section of their website that is dedicated entirely to educators. They provide ‘Great Poems to Teach’ and valuable lesson plans. One of the lesson plans entitled, Voice, provides a suggested poetry unit that explores poetry as social commentary.
ReadWriteThink
This website provides classroom resources and a list of great related links for teachers to share with their students.
Favorite Poem Project: Summer Poetry Institutes
One of Favorite Poem Project's significant goals is to enhance and improve the teaching of poetry in the nation's elementary, middle and high school classrooms. They provide summer poetry institutes for teachers who want to learn about ways to incorporate poetry into their curriculum.
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Their website provides a number of teacher resources that relate to poetry in the classroom.
National Education Association
The NEA provides lesson plans for grades k-5, 6-8, and 9-12 that bring poetry to the classroom. The lesson plans include activities and video/audio readings.