Let’s face it, poetry isn’t everyone’s favorite part of English class – now it’s seen even less in classrooms. Common Core standards across the United States ask teachers to tie what books and poetry they include in their curriculum to current events in order to keep up with students’ interests. People who oppose the Common Core worry that the classics, especially poetry classics, will be lost but they don’t need to worry just yet.
Get Lit, a non-profit organization that aims to familiarize high school students with classic poetry, is keeping the tradition alive according to the Huffington Post. Executive director and former teacher Diane Luby Lane founded the organization in 2006 as a one-woman show, which blossomed into a full curriculum of classic poetic works. As part of the program, students are encouraged to select a classic poem, then craft and perform their own spoken-word response.
Students whose performances are especially powerful can qualify for the organization’s Classic Slam, and several young poets have been published in a book put together by Lane. The collection Get Lit Rising: Words Ignite. Claim Your Poem. Claim Your Life. includes students from all backgrounds, as Lane believes that poetry is for everyone.
Lane’s curriculum is currently taught in approximately 100 schools across the United States. The best part: it meets Common Core standards for both English and Visual and Performing Arts. The curriculum is available online in the organization’s shop. You can watch a trailer for Get Lit’s Classic Slam below and visit their website for more information.
Featured Image courtesy of John W. North High School