Celebrate National Poetry Month
Celebrate National Poetry Month
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

It’s National Poetry Month once again! Although many students love learning about poetry, they often find themselves challenged by it. We’ve compiled a few ways to jump over the common hurdles young students face when approaching these largely conceptual units.

  • Acrostic poems are a great way to introduce poetry to students in a way that relates to them. Have your class think of adjectives that start with the letters of their name. This resource from ReadWriteThink also provides more complex ideas for acrostic poems for all grade levels.

  • Who doesn’t love Shel Silverstein? His books make approaching poetry a lot less intimidating. Kids often recognize his drawings and style, and can learn from him how to develop their own styles. His website provides many ideas and resources for using his materials in the classroom.

  • For a more student-driven way to celebrate National Poetry Month, lead a daily poetry exercise. Either suggest a prompt or encourage your students to free-write and share their poems with the class. Daily exposure to poetry without the pressure of turning in an assignment can really help students become familiar with and enjoy reading and writing poems. HobbyLark has a sample of some poetry exercises that could be utilized in the classroom, including making lists, similes, observations, descriptions, and metaphors.

  • Look into how poetry is used in popular culture. Analyze lyrics of songs or think about how poetry is used to convey a larger message in TV shows and movies.

There are many other creative ways to integrate poetry into everyday curriculum! Celebrate this beautiful month by incorporating some of these great ideas into your classroom.