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- Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades K – 2 | Activity & Project
Fantastically Fun Word Families
Use the Word Mover tool to play with word families and listen for rhyme, then sort real and nonsense words, alphabetize the words, and create a story or poem using the words.
- Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades 6 – 8 | Activity & Project
Finding Poetry in Pleasure Reading
After reading a book or magazine, children and teens can choose a section and transform it into what’s known as a “found poem.”
- Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades 3 – 8 | Activity & Project
Follow the Word Trail: Organize a Treasure Hunt
Create a treasure hunt out of word-puzzle clues hidden around the home or yard.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Found Poems/Parallel Poems
Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.
- Classroom Resources | Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  April 12
Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.
Using one of Soto's stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool.
- Professional Development | Grades 1 – 3 | Strategy Guide
Get Close to Think Deeply: Creating Primary-Level Close Readings
Close readings allow primary students to engage with complex texts. Through repeated reading, students build a deep understanding of the text and critical thinking skills.
- Professional Development | Grades 6 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises
Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.
- Professional Development | Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Going Bohemian: How to Teach Writing Like You Mean It
This resource offers unconventional strategies to guide students through some of the more difficult tasks in learning to write.
- Classroom Resources | Grade K | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Growing Readers and Writers with Help from Mother Goose
Watch Mother Goose work her magic! This lesson uses nursery rhymes to help emergent readers remember the letters and their sounds and identify word chunks.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956.
After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.