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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 21
    Today is World Poetry Day.
    Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 17
    Black Poetry Day is celebrated.
    Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Playful Poetry Books to Share
    In this episode, Emily and guest Sylvia Vardell explore fun ways to read poetry with children.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Activity & Project
    Make a Magnetic Poetry Set
    Let children practice using different types of words in a fill-in-the-blank-story game before making their own word list for a magnetic poetry set.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    What is Poetry? Contrasting Poetry and Prose
    Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Poetry from Prose
    Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Writing It Out
    Make a Magnetic Poetry Set
    Children can make their own magnetic poetry set. Watch as the refrigerator becomes a space for literary art.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating Poetry for Teens
    In honor of National Poetry Month in April, tune in for recommendations of a variety of poetry books for teens.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    The ABCs of Poetry
    Students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.
  10. Professional Development | 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.

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