Provide your students with a fun and engaging entry into poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day. Although poetry can sometimes be difficult to understand or appreciate, these resources showcase some of the most interesting and accessible work by famous poets and then suggest some activities that will help students practice writing poetry about familiar topics.
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
Welcome to the first Mousey Monday of April! April is National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a month meant to appreciate poetry. National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 1999 in the United States and Canada as well. In Great Britain, National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 2000 in October. The
On this day in 1874, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost was born. For the first eleven years of his life, his family lived in San Francisco. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Massachusetts, where Frost developed an interest in reading and poetry. After high school, Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College
Did you know that Shel Silverstein, the children’s book author, poet, and illustrator, also wrote Johnny Cash’s hit song, “A Boy Named Sue”? It’s true! Silverstein was, prior to writing his well-known children’s books (The most famous being Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree.) a Korean War veteran, and was first published in
This is an interesting idea I came across earlier in the year. Thank you to Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who lives in Texas, for the idea. The idea of subtraction poetry involves taking words away in order for the information to take a new form. Using a Mac computer with Preview, take a
Last year while attending DENSI 2011 in San Diego, a group of educators watched the documentary about Poetry Slams. It was a powerful example of how words can transform a person’s life through poetry. As part of my Wilkes coursework, I was taking a Project Based Learning class and our group decided to use poetry