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Poetry Alive! Assembly Show Syllabus

Many schools invite Poetry Alive! for assemblies each year or every other year. As a result, many students see us many times. We provide distinctive programs from year to year to ensure that students see different shows.

THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS IS THE 2011-2012 SHOW LISTS.

2011-2012 Syllabus

The 2011-2012 programs for grades 9-12, 6-8, 3-5, and K-2 audiences are listed below, in show order. This program is subject to change based on show time allotted or other needs that your school may have.

Your assigned team will contact you at least one week prior to the show date to confirm the details of our visit.

The poem books are available online!

Follow the links to copies of poems or author biographies on the internet. Please note, we are still in the process of searching for links to both poems and authors. If the poem you want is not linked, you can visit the Public Domain link for that show to see if the poem is available there, or click the Bibliography link for where we've found the poem in print. We seek ONLY performance rights, not reprint rights, so we are unable to copy and distribute print versions of poems that are not in public domain.

K-2 Show : 3-5 Show : 6-8 Show : 9-12 Show

VIDEO: See a Preview Poem from All Shows!

9-12th Grade Poem List

Find these Poems in our Poetry Bookstore!

:: Bibliography (pdf) ::

    • Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    • The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot
    • Pershing at the Front by Arthur Guiterman
    • Harriet Tubman by Eloise Greenfield
    • Women by Alice Walker
    • Woman Work by Maya Angelou
    • Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters
    • Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee?) by Shakespeare
    • The Calling by Luis Rodriguez
    • Chrysalis Diary by Paul Fleischman
    • The Lawyer’s Ways by Paul Laurence Dunbar
    • Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson
    • My Papa’s Waltz by Theodor Roethke
    • Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden
    • WE by Lee Bennett Hopkins
    • The Funeral by Gordon Parks
    • Witches scene from Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    • Poem (For Roman Jakobsen) by Octavio Paz

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6-8th Grade List

Find these Poems in our Poetry Bookstore!

:: Bibliography (pdf) ::

    • The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
    • Valentine for Ernest Mann by Naomi Shihab Nye
    • On the Rise by Sara Holbrook
    • Harlem 2 (A Dream Deferred) by Langston Hughes
    • Richard Cory by Edwin Robinson
    • Alone by Maya Angelou
    • Dreams by Langston Hughes
    • The Women’s 400 Meters by Lillian Morrison
    • Eviction by Lucille Clifton
    • At This Age, This Time of Young Age by Arnold Adoff
    • Which Lunch Table by Kristine George
    • Veggie Panini is the Answer to Everything by Allan Wolf & Sara Holbrook
    • No lo Se by Brod Bagert
    • In Just Spring (Chanson Innocence) by E.E. Cummings
    • The Lesson of the Moth by Don Marquis
    • Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
    • You and I by Mary Ann Hoberman
    • Forty-one Seconds on a Sunday in June, in Salt Lake City, Utah by Quincy Troupe

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3-5th Grade Poem List

Find these Poems in our Poetry Bookstore!

:: Bibliography (pdf) ::

    • Nathaniel’s Rap by Eloise Greenfield
    • The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll
    • The Helpful Centipede by Allan Wolf
    • Whirligig Beetles by Paul Fleischman
    • Billy Button by Anonymous
    • Toboggan by Colin West
    • El Coco by Anonymous
    • Permutations by Mary Ann Hoberman
    • Abraham Lincoln by Rosemary Benét
    • The Dog by Ogden Nash
    • Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst
    • My Dog Is a Plumber by Dan Greenburg
    • My Dog, His Is An Ugly Dog by Jack Prelutsky
    • Motto for a Dog House by Arthur Guilterman
    • My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
    • To Be by Sara Holbrook
    • I’m Nobody by Emily Dickinson
    • Watching the World Go By by Eloise Greenfield
    • Chicago Poet by Carl Sandburg
    • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
    • The Aliens Have Landed! by Ken Nesbitt
    • Dreams by Langston Hughes
    • Robert, Who is Often a Stranger to Himself by Gwendolyn Brooks
    • I Am Rose by Gertrude Stein

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K-2nd Grade Poem List

Find these Poems in our Poetry Bookstore!

:: Bibliography (pdf) ::

    • A Poem Is a Little Path by Charles Ghigna
    • Little Jack Horner by Mother Goose
    • Jack Be Nimble by Mother Goose
    • Little Boy Blue by Mother Goose
    • Little Miss Muffet by Mother Goose
    • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
    • Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Angry by Sara Holbrook
    • Yesterday’s Magnolia by Brod Bagert
    • The Time I Learned to Ride My Bike by Brod Bagert
    • Five Little Monkeys by Anonymous
    • Two Little Apples by Anonymous
    • What is Pink? by Christina Rosetti
    • Crayons: A Rainbow Poem by Jane Yolen
    • What Happens to the Colors by Jack Prelutsky
    • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay
    • The End by Mary Hoberman

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