8+ Ideas to Celebrate National Poetry Month

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April 4th, 2012
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April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate we’ve gathered some of the poetry projects and ideas being shared by educators in Edmodo. Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments, or post in the Language Arts community.

  1. Poet-Tree: Make a bulletin board that has poets and lines of poetry on leaves with a large tree. The heading is “POET-TREE.” Have students identify which poet wrote which lines of poetry. (Shared by Ms. Turley)
  2. Poetry Rocks Project: Teach students about poetry through music. Students will find that all the elements of poetry they study are in their favorite songs! (Shared by Ms. Reichert)
  3. “Poem in my Pocket”: Have students carry a poem in their pocket, make an announcement to have it be school wide and have teachers complete it as well. Have students stop other students throughout the day and share. You can also have a poetry reading at lunch. (Shared by Mrs. Hackett)
  4. Poetry Advertisement Project: Have students create an advertisement billboard for an imaginary product or service using five different poetic devices. (Shared by Mr. McGowan)
  5. Poetry Slam: Tap into student creativity by starting a poetry slam or story train in Edmodo.
  6. Haikus: Print up photos of neat images and have each student pick a photo to write a haiku about. Have students share their haiku, along with the photo, with other students. (Shared by Mrs. Gillis)
  7. Poem Balloons: Hang balloons up all over the class, each with a different type of poem in it. During each lesson pop a balloon, read the poem inside and identify what type of poem it is. That lesson will be focused on that type of poem. Students are then required to write that style of poetry and illustrate their poem. (Shared by Ms. Turner)
  8. Spine Poetry: Stack books so that their spines make a poem! (Shared by Mrs. Jenkins)

Want more ideas? Check out these 30 suggestions from Poets.org!


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