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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

Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing In a series of lessons, students in grades 6-8 interpret multiple perspectives while reading, analyzing, and discussing poems. They then imitate a range of poetic styles and forms in writing original poems.

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.

Tips for Teaching Poetry For K-12 teachers, here are a number of ways to bring poetry into the classroom.


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

Poems for Multiple Voices An annotated bibliography of poetry for 2, 3, and 4 voices.

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 7, 2016



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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.