#CelebrateWithDE – National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and you can celebrate at any grade level. We’ve collected some engaging resources for you to inspire your students to try their hand at various approaches to poetry, with an eye towards nature, self-expression, and performance. Poetry is a beautifully vulnerable way to express oneself – be sure to model experimentation and risk in writing for your students. As G.K. Chesterton said, “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” Make sure your students feel free to wax poetic about cheese and other mundane, silly, or serious topics.

Featured Resources

Content Collection: Poetry
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Delve into poetry, a form of literature that uses figurative language and carefully chosen words to convey broad themes and emotions. Learn about groundbreaking poets from history and about how everyday people – including students – can use poetry to convey feelings and enrich their lives.

K-5 Introduction to Poetry

Keep poetry playful and engaging with poems about nature.
Alan L. Strang: “The Storm”
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Reading Passage

A children’s poem about a storm.
Robert Louis Stevenson: “The Wind”
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Reading Passage

A children’s poem about the wind.
Poetry Ollie the Octopus
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Video Segment

Presents a poem that will help students use their listening and comprehension skills.

6-8 Self-Expression Through Poetry

Foster self-expression from your middle school students at a time when they are shaping their thoughts and voices anew. Use The Poetry Lounge for inspiration and search the audio series “Forms of Poetry” for examples of many forms, from the villanelle to the triolet.
The Poetry Lounge: Self-Expression through the Spoken Word
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Young poets perform their poems and then give a brief interview that offers an insightful look at the writing process. The program will inspire students to create their own poetry.
Forms of Poetry
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio

Learn about different forms of poetry through examples.

9-12 Spoken Word

Encourage your high school students to learn about Spoken Word Poetry, give it a try, and then host a Poetry Slam for each other or the whole school. You’ll find plenty of resources, including performances (with suggestions for you to preview content before showing), in your account.
The Poetry Lounge: The Power of Performance
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video

Includes a segment about what spoken word is and several performances by spoken word artists. WARNING: Teachers, please preview video before showing it to your class, as there may be some questionable language and content.
Poetry Slam Scorecard
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, Activity


Integrating Poetry (for Educators)

Poetry Power
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Educators, Full Video

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite shares ideas for integrating poetry into lessons for students with assistive learning devices. The program highlights examples of poetry performance and writing using closed and core word banks and notes the impact poetry has on vocabulary development and writing ability.

SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Things That Make You Go Hmmm…
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This is a teaching strategy that focuses on descriptive words to compare and contrast two texts. Students use a graphic organizer to note descriptions from two texts and use the lists to make statements about similarities and differences. For poetry, which often relies on description and comparison, try this strategy with images to spur student creativity.


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