Close-Reading Phillis Wheatley with Poetry in America - National Council of Teachers of English



Join NCTE, in partnership with PBS’s Poetry in America, for an upcoming virtual event. In honor of National Poetry Month, Elisa New will host a webinar for K–12 English language arts educators. This event will focus on the poetry of Phillis Wheatley and will feature clips from the season four premiere episode. Attendees will learn strategies for close reading and teaching Wheatley’s poems in particular—and complex texts more broadly.

Wednesday, May 1, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

This event is open to all and registration is required.

 Certificates of Completion will be available by request to any attendee. Please contact after the event to request a certificate, or contact us with any questions.



Elisa New is the director and host of Poetry in America, director of the Center for Public Humanities at Arizona State University, director of Verse Video Education, and Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emerita, at Harvard University. New created the PBS series Poetry in America to bring poetry into living rooms and onto screens of all kinds. The show can be seen on public television and streaming platforms, in schools and libraries, and on airlines. Guests include Joe Biden, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, Shaquille O’Neal, Elena Kagan, Nas, John McCain, Sonia Sanchez, Tony Kushner, Bill Clinton, Julia Alvarez, Bono, Cynthia Nixon, John Kerry, LisaGay Hamilton, Caroline Kennedy, Katie Couric, Al Gore, and David Strathairn. Along with the series, New produces educational materials on American poetry for all ages—from middle and high school students to K–12 teachers to lifelong learners. These resources are distributed by Harvard University, Amplify Education, and Arizona State University.