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March 21

Today is World Poetry Day.

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Today is World Poetry Day.

Grades 3 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

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Believed to have its origin in the 1930s, World Poetry Day is now celebrated in hundreds of countries around the world. This day provides a perfect opportunity to examine poets and their craft in the classroom. In 1999, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) also designated March 21 as World Poetry Day.

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"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins provides a wonderful place to begin a discussion on how readers approach a poem. Ask students to skim quickly through the poem and write their initial responses in their journals or on paper. What words and images stand out for them? What is their emotional reaction to the poem (e.g., surprise, dismay, anger)? Ask students to share their responses with the class. Then have students read the poem a second time, this time more slowly and carefully, taking note of any figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole) they encounter. What do they think Collins is saying about the study of poetry? According to Collins, what is the real goal of reading poetry?

Ask students to think about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it. Where would they be when they read it? Would they read it fast or slow? Out loud or to themselves? Have them compose their own poem about reading poetry. Students can use tools provided by ReadWriteThink to create Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, Letter Poems, or Theme Poems.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Poets.org

    This website includes the work of hundreds of poets and more than 1400 poems. Included are poet biographies, selected works, and a collection of poems in audio format.

  • Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools

    From the Library of Congress, this site features a year's worth of poetry for high school students. Beginning with Billy Collins' "Introduction to Poetry," the poems are meant to be read aloud, and enjoyed by the entire school community.

  • Poetry Daily

    Though not all poems are appropriate for younger readers, you can search the archives to find a full year of poems.

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Haiku Poem App

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Haiku Poem App

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Word Mover

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

Learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.

 

Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

In this app, users can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Examples of both kinds of diamante poems can be viewed online or printed out.

 

Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Users learn about and write theme poems, a poem written within the shape of the subject of the poem.