Poetry and National Poetry Month Resources

  • 5 Resources for National Poetry Month
  • Note- Word Mover app already downloaded on our iPads
  • National Poetry Month Resources from Edutopia
  • PBS Learning Media: Poetry Resources (Great database- sort by grade and type of media)
  • Digital Wish Poetry – Lists great media technology poetry projects-
  • Could use for Digital Media 9 weeks unit
  • Best recommended Poetry sites reviewed by Common Sense Media
  • Read/Write Think Student Interactive Poem Creators and Lesson Plans
  • Poetry apps recommended by Common Sense Media
  • Poetry PBL- Analyze poetic techniques
  • Poetry Foundation
  • Poetry Resources
  • Learning Lab that includes Public Domain Poems (copyright safe)
  • Poetry Magazine- Includes Poetry Magazine Podcast (audio poetry readings.)
  • National Poetry Month Special: Download PoetryMagazine (with Audio & Video) Free!

    Selected Works, Public Domain Poems:

  • Great place for students to explore the works of favorite poets, from Wilde to Robert Frost.
  • All of the poems are in the public domain and are open and accessible for classrooms.
  • The Poetry Foundation also features an immense collection of more than 12,000 poems that are searchable by topic, occasion, author, and more.
  • Here's the list of Read/Write Think Student Interactive Poem Creators and Lesson Plans
  • Grades 3 – 8 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry

    Line Break Explorer

    The interactive explores the ways that poets choose line breaks in their writing. After viewing the demonstration, students are invited to experiment with line breaks themselves.

    Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry

    Acrostic Poems

    This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

    Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry

    Haiku Poem Interactive

    Students can learn about and write haiku using this interactive that guides them through the writing process.

    Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | 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.

    Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry

    Diamante Poems

    This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

    Lesson Plans

    Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan

    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.

    Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan

    Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing

    This lesson sets poetry in motion when students experiment with poetic styles to improve their writing skills and enhance their understanding of poetry.

    Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan

    Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes

    Students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.

    Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan

    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.

    Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan

    Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing

    This lesson sets poetry in motion when students experiment with poetic styles to improve their writing skills and enhance their understanding of poetry.

    Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan

    Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

    Students explore the idea of “crossing boundaries” through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.

    Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan

    Poetry: Sound and Sense

    Students' groans about studying poetry may disappear with this lesson in which students read poetry from various writers and use these poems to examine the sounds and sense of language.

    Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan

    Is a Sentence a Poem?

    Students use their own poetry to analyze syntax, imagery, and meaning in a one-sentence poem by a canonical author to decide what makes it a poem.

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