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National Poetry Month Classroom Resources

National Poetry month is almost here! We’re hard at work assembling a great list of classroom resources including lesson plans, student activities, and web-based poetry learning tools. Make National Poetry Month your students’ favorite month this year! Be sure to check back frequently because we’ll be updating this list as we track down more great resources. Be sure to follow ECCLA on Twitter (@ECCLA) and Facebook for the most up to date information ~ #NPM15


  • The Academy of American Poets has a long list of lesson plans for multiple grade levels, aligned with Common Core here


  • The University of North Carolina School of Education has an awesome lesson plan for Native American poetry here


  • The Library of Congress has an excellent website dedicated to poetry here


  • PennSound, a project of the University of Pennsylvania, has the largest online poetry audio files here


  • ReadWriteThink has an fun, interactive Haiku writing program here.


  • 5th-12th graders can participate in the Dear Poet multimedia education project. Students watch short, online videos from Chancellors of the American Academy of Poets reading their poetry, and then write them letters  in response. The best letters will be selected for publication! Learn more here


  • Teachers who want to incorporate Dear Poet into their whole classroom, pre-designed lesson plans aligned with Common Core are available here


  •  Request an official NPM 15 poster for your classroom or library here.

Sponsored Organization of the Month, February: USC Troy Camp

ECCLA acts as a fiscal sponsor for over 20 organizations here in South Los Angeles. Being a fiscal sponsor means we handle these organizations’ finances so they can do what they do best, serve the youth members of our community! We think our sponsored organizations are so awesome that we’ve decided to highlight one each month on our website. Our goal is to show the variety of ways our sponsored organizations enrich our community.


USC Troy Camp

Troy Camp was founded in 1948 by a small group of USC students. Today, Troy Camp is one of USC’s oldest and largest student-run philanthropies, providing long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles. Troy Camp engages in educational, extracurricular, and leadership programs to foster personal growth and instill the value of learning.

 In the summer, Troy Camp hosts a week-long camp in the San Bernardino Mountains for 200 lucky elementary students. During the school year, Troy Camps hosts a variety of after-school programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Troy Camp Webpage

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ECCLA Fiscal Client Questionnaire

If your USC Good Neighbors grant application is successful, ECCLA will be happy to handle your project funds as the fiscal sponsor. In order to help you to spend your funds, ECCLA needs information about your expected financial activity.  (pdf)

UCLA 2015 Summer Sessions for High School Students

UCLA offers summer sessions covering a variety of topics for high school students from Southern California and even across the country. Students from California are eligible to receive full or partial scholarships for the programs, making them more accessible to students with financial need. UCLA offers academic courses as well as summer institutes which cover a variety of specialized topics.

Registration for the summer academic courses begins March 1st, and registration for the summer institutes begins February 1st. For official information about the summer 2015 available courses and institutes, click here. For official information about receiving scholarships for summer sessions click here.

Lesson Plans from USC Shoah Foundation Institute

Steven Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in 1994 to record and preserve interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Today, the Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. As a part of it’s mission the Shoah Foundation has a number of educator resources including downloadable lesson plans sorted by grade-level appropriateness.

Most of the lesson plans involve watching short interview clips from the Shoah Foundation’s library followed by relevant readings and discussions. The length of the lessons range from 45 minutes to several hours, but can easily be divided over multiple class periods. Subjects and skills covered include United States and world history, government and civics, ethics, geography, language arts, and expository reading and writing.

Find a list of the lesson plans with descriptions and all the necessary documents here.  These lessons are used around the world so be sure to filter the list by English language when searching.