On-Demand Video Poetry Lessons Now Free to All!

The Chicago Poetry Center has officially launched Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures. Inspired by classic children’s television, Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures takes viewers to a magical world of joyful, engaging poetry lessons for kids. Created for students in 2nd-5th grades, this five-episode series is ELA and SEL-focused, aligned with Common Core standards, free for Chicago Public Schools classrooms, and, best of all, fun! Check out the trailer below:

Queen Zee is the Royal Protector of the Human Soul, and her favorite way to feed and nourish the soul is to write poetry with young people. Starring Chicago Poetry Center Poet in Residence Leslie Reese, Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures leads students through CPC’s time-tested curriculum and is based on successful lessons taught in CPS classrooms.

Each lesson includes: a no-prep teacher resource guide and downloadable student workbook (editable PDF and printable), as well as points in the video to pause and work together as a class on brainstorming and writing.

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To learn more about Leslie Reese and Noel Quiñones, the poets featured in this series, visit our Poet In Residence Page.

For immediate access to all five episodes and their corresponding resources, complete this four-question form. For more details on the program, visit the Queen Zee webpage.

Special Thanks

This program and its free distribution to CPS are made possible by our funding partners, the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts. Learn more about Ralla Klepak’s legacy here.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.