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April is National Poetry Month
Poets & Poetry for a Month of Inspiration
Try Reading, Writing, and Listening to Spoken Word Poetry
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman reminded the world about the power of poetry. Explore audio and video performances of spoken word artists. You Tube is a great place to start! Checkout the website teacheroffduty.com for a list of 25 poems to share with students.
Try a Poetry Pairing
Expose students to many generations and styles of poetry by choosing two or more poets/poems about the same topic or theme but from different time periods. A “classic” like a Shakespearean Sonnet can be paired with lyrics to a modern love song. Yes, songs DO count as poetry!
Try Integrating Writing Poetry to Sharpen Vocabulary& Creative Skills
Short spurts of creative writing can easily be made into opening activities or Tickets Out the Door. A BioPoem can be used in any discipline, and a Where I’m From is a great community builder. Both formats are easily found online.
Start with These Poets and Go From There
- Sylvia Plath
- Emily Dickinson
- Jason Reynolds
- Rupi Kaur
- Billy Collins
- Sarah Kay
- Li Young Lee
- Pablo Neruda
- Clint Smith