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Bringing Poetry to the Classroom, Grades 6-8

April is National Poetry Month

Found In: language arts, 6-8

Lesson Plans

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Students in grades 6-8 read two poems from Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices using the POWER strategy (Preview, Organize, Wonder, Evaluate, Review) to build comprehension skills. (Site registration is required but free — and worth it.)

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry
Students in grades 6-8 explore the theme of change by reading an example of literary allegory and creating their own pictorial allegories.


National Poetry Month Activities
Teachers share ideas for exploring and enjoying poetry in the K-8 classroom.

Poetry Read-a-Thon
Students in grades K-12 choose poems to read and then write prose “responses” to the poems they read. Students keep a reading log and respond to elements of the poem in 75-100 words.

Poem in Your Pocket
Teachers and students in grades K-12 can celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month With The New York Times
A selection of activities for K-12 students.

Background Resources

Celebrate National Poetry Month (Scholastic)
Webcasts, lessons, poetry prompts from well-known poets help inspire your young poets, for K-12.

April is National Poetry Month! (ReadWriteThink)
K-12 lesson plans and activities.

Poetry (National Council of Teachers of English)
K-12 lessons and exercises, themed journals, and galleries of writing.

Find Poetry (
Browse poems in archive by title, first line, author last name or by occasion, for K-12.

Poems & Poets (Poetry Foundation)
A multi-approach search tool for poetry, for K-12.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry
Lessons and websites covering different poetic forms developed across time and around the world, for K-12.


The Poetry Foundation (K-12)


Audio & Podcasts (Poetry Foundation)
Readings of poems and interviews with poets.


last updated: March 17, 2015



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Michael Rosen is a website dedicated to imparting the love of poetry to your K-12 learners. Use these resources for teachers, news, videos and podcasts for adults and much more.


Join the NEA Foundation's National Poetry Month Challenge! Inspired by a Maryland high school student: how educators, students, and poetry-lovers can celebrate the love of poetry.