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Resources & Activities for National Poetry Month

Resources & Activities for National Poetry Month

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Think of anything children love to do – running through a playground, dressing up in costumes, scribbling art projects. All of these involve tremendous joy, access to materials, lots of choice, time for practice, and modeling (whether from adults in their lives or friends or television). The same conditions are needed to support young children’s development into a thoughtful, engaged reader.

~Christopher Lehman “Response: Ways to Develop Life-Long Readers” Larry Ferlazzo Via EdWeek

One weekend morning as my 12 year old and his friends were waking up, I read a tweet by George Couros (@gcouros) and somehow mentioned it to the boys. He was asking for people to tweet “Twitter poetry” (poems in 140 characters or less). Next thing I know, the boys were creating one Twitter poem after the next. If I had simply asked them to write a poem outside of school, they would have thought I was crazy, but when mentioned casually in conversation and given the opportunity to use social media to share something they created for fun – they ran with it on their own.

With National Poetry Month coming up in April, how do you plan to have fun sharing and creating poetry? Where do look for ideas and inspiration with your children/students? What tools, sites, and/or apps do your children/students like to use?

Below are a few I know of to get you started (and pages on the sites I find of interest):

www.Poets.org – This site is packed full of anything and everything poetry; poems, facts about poets, resources, tools, tips and more.

www.Gigglepoetry.com – Poetry for younger children. All about making it fun. The website is full of color and graphics.

www.Poetry4kids.com - Similar to Giggle Poetry; a fun place for kids to learn about and create poetry.

A popular online tool with my 6 and 9 year old that I found on Scholastic’s site - the Poetry Idea Engine, a poem building machine. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/poetry_engine.htm#

For those looking for poetry on-the-go, here’s an article sharing some poetry apps: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/02/8-good-ipad-poetry-apps-for-t...

A post on Thinkfinity last year for National Poetry Month had some fun activities, including one targeted for older kids that analyzes and compares Shakespeare to hip hop music. http://www.thinkfinity.org/docs/DOC-11427

Without exposing children to poetry and all the forms it comes in, they may never know of the joy it can bring them in reading or writing it.

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