Film and Contest Encouraging Students to Write Poetry
Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for Americans of the twentieth century and still speaks to people through his words, activism, and music. The film Where to? Where Next?explores Carl Sandburg’s history, family, love of words, and hope for the future of America—those elements that helped craft the poet, writer, biographer, folk singer, and social activist he became. (The National Park Service will provide a copy of the DVD for classroom use.) Teachers can incorporate this educational film into their curriculum using lesson plans designed to meet education standards while creating an interactive and educational environment for students to learn about the life of this famous American poet, as well as explore their own life. Some of Sandburg’s award-winning poetry can be accessed online.
Plus: The Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest encourages youth in grades 3–12 to write poetry based on an annual theme. Educators are invited to submit their students’ original poems, which can be written in any style. The poems will be judged within grade categories: 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Winning poets will be invited to share their work at a celebration in their honor.
Deadline: Contest announced annually in December; entries due in late February
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