Lesson plans and teaching resources
Biography and criticism from the Internet Public Library.
Criticism of "The Fish" and other poems.
Elizabeth Bishop: A Growing Legacy
An online collection of the poet's papers.
The Classroom Zoo
Students experiment with the use of factual information as a tool that a poet can use to communicate a message, idea, or thought. The students create a "classroom zoo," each choosing an animal and researching facts about that animal to include in their poem.
Biography and links to 11 poems.
A brief biography and text of "The Fish."
Thorough lesson plan with text of the poem and discussion questions.
Text of the poem and critical commentary.
Vocabulary for "Sestina"
13 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.
"Was it in His Hand?"
Text of the story. Follow links to PDF or Google Docs format.