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April 01

April is National Poetry Month!

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April is National Poetry Month!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Various events are held throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets and other poetry organizations.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

In honor of National Poetry Month, introduce your students to a variety of poetic forms. Assign one or two students each day as "poet of the day" for the month of April. Then provide students with several models for creating different forms of poetry. You might use Theme Poems, Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, or Instant Poetry Forms to do this.

Have each student select one form of poetry and write an original poem, which he or she can also illustrate. On their assigned days, have students read their poetry out loud to the class.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • National Poetry Month

    This website from the Academy of American Poets includes information on the history of National Poetry Month. Find out what happens during National Poetry Month on the frequently asked questions page.

     

  • The Poetry Learning Lab from the Poetry Foundation

    The Poetry Learning Lab is a great source of knowledge, including a glossary of poetry terms, links to public domain poems, and inspiring essays on poetry from writers and educators.

  • Writing With Writers: Poetry

    Scholastic offers this poetry resource for grades 1–8. There are tips from authors of children's poetry, a teacher's guide, step-by-step workshops, and more.

     

  • Favorite Poem Project

    The Favorite Poem Project, cosponsored by Boston College and the Library of Congress, is dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives. Watch or listen to citizens read poems they love.

     

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Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom

Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom

O'Connor offers new approaches to teaching poetry in middle and high school with more than 25 writing activities that can constitute an entire course or work as individual lessons.

 

Poetry on the Screen

Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Poetry on the Screen

Find practical suggestions for using technology to enhance the love of poetry.

 

Poets in Practice

Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.

 

Accent on Meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Accent on Meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry

Accent on meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry offers practical ways of teaching students about the close connections between the meaning, rhythm, and meter in poetry.

 

Teaching Poetry in High School

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Teaching Poetry in High School

Albert Somers offers teachers a vast compendium of resources for teaching poetry in a highly accessible format.

 

Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom

Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom

Jaime Wood offers middle school English language arts teachers material for teaching poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Li-Young Lee, and Pat Mora; the text includes graphic organizers and other resources.