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Celebrating National Poetry Month with Technology

Mary Beth Hertz

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

In 1996, April was named National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry across the country. If you are planning on incorporating National Poetry Month into your classroom or your school, here are a few of the many great ways to celebrate through the use of technology.

1) Scholastic's National Poetry Month Resources

  • Online Poetry Publisher: have your poem published online to Scholastic's site.
  • Poetry Idea Engine: an interactive way to learn about different poetry types and get ideas for building your own. Great for use for modeling on an Interactive Whiteboard before students start writing poetry on their own.
  • Scholastic also offers different ways to bring poets into your classroom through podcasts, interviews and other activities.

2) Poets.org Listening Booth

Listen to hundreds of poems read by poets themselves. This is a great way to help model a variety of styles of poetry reading as well as how poets hear poems in their heads. Try having students read a poem out loud before they hear how the author reads it.

3) The National Poetry Map

Learn about poets who are from your state and learn about poetry events going on near you.

4) Poem Flow

Poem Flow is an app that lets you access poetry through mobile devices in your classroom.

5) A Poem in Your Pocket

Don't forget that Thursday, April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Use your mobile device to record a poem (with apps like iPhone's Voice Memos, iPhone Recorder, or Voice Recorder for Android) or use the Poem Flow app, and play a poem out loud from your mobile device (kept in your pocket!).

Here is my poem for National Poetry Month. It came to me while sitting in my small Philadelphia back "yard."

South Philadelphia Evening
The city is breathing.
It inhales with the hum of an airplane
and exhales with a child's laughter.
I close my eyes and breathe in unison with the distant sound of sirens, a barking dog, and a slamming door
Soft rhythms in the cool Spring air at dusk.

In the comments section below, share your strategies for blending poetry with technology -- or share your poems!

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Melanie Link Taylor's picture
Melanie Link Taylor
Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Easter Haiku

nature's metanoia
Jesus' vernal equinox
eternal cycle

My Easter tweet.

Mary Beth Hertz's picture
Mary Beth Hertz
K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
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What a great resource, Traci! Thanks for sharing it.

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Mary Beth Hertz
K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
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Awesome! I love poetry slams we taped on of our 6th graders last year, but it wasn't live. Love the idea!

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