The Power of Words: Where Hip Hop Meets Poetry

Poem of the Week                                                                         

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Teacher Resources for Teaching Poetry

Resources for Teaching Poetry and Hip Hop

Oppportunities for Student Poetry Recitation

"How To" Poetry Frames

How to Write a Bio Poem



An Bio poem can be used to teach students to focus on the characteristics of a person or an animal, anything or anyone really. It requires the student to put themselves in the the subject's shoes.


Line 1: First Name
Line 2: Four descriptive traits
Line 3: Sibling of...
Line 4: Lover of
Line 5: Who fears...
Line 6: Who needs...
Line 7: Who gives...
Line 8: Who would like to see...
Line 9: Resident of...
Line 10: Last Name

Tall, tasty, feathery, vicious,
Sibling of Clucky Chicken and Big Bird,
Lover of vegetarians and ham eaters,
Fears Mr. Butterball and pilgrims,
Needs to run around,
Gives nourishment and left overs,
Would like to see birds unite and revolt,
Resident of Old MacDonald's Farm,

How to Write an I Am Poem




An I Am poem is a good way to teach children to focus on their own characteristics. It also is a good ice breaker for the beginning of the year.


I Am

I am (two special characteristics)
I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire)
I am (the first line of the poem restated)

I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that really bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (something you actually dream about)
I try (something you really make an effort about)
I hope (something you actually hope for)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)


Poets Corner of the Week: [Students Will Add]


Discussion Topic One: How does life imitate poetry? How has the hip hop culture affected poetry?