Bringing Poetry to the Classroom, Grades 6-8
April is National Poetry Month
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.
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.
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 (Poets.org)
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.
- Poetry Archive (K-12)
- Poster Gallery
PDF posters from past National Poetry Months
last updated: March 7, 2016
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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.