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The Perfect Time for Poetry
In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), first introduced in 1996 as a way to increase appreciation and awareness of poetry in the US, and Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 18th) this week we feature poetry related resources for the classroom.
Try the Poetry Idea Generator, discover new rhymes at the Poem Farm or No Water River, and create poems using the word mover or Diamante Poems found in this curated collection of poetry resources.
Connect poetry to all areas of your curriculum using this collection of books. Share poetry books, biographies of poets, and poets' books about writing to make poetry more approachable and enjoyable for readers of all interests.
Give poetry read-alouds center stage this month! Find fabulous poetry books (divided by age level) and activities for before, during, and after reading in this TeachersFirst exclusive selection.
Dedicated to the annual Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 18th), this site provides background information about the day and ways to participate. Simply, grab a poem and carry it in your pocket. See poems shared by others on Twitter, #pocketpoem.
Honor poetry with this four-pack of tools to create a variety of poetry forms: Haiku, Limerick, Acrostic, Concrete, Shape, Cinquain, among others.
Follow the prompts to add a topic and words to include in your selected poem type: Concrete, Line by Line, Narrative Poem, Tanka, Acrostic, Limerick, Sonnet, Haiku, Free Verse, Didactic Cinquain, and others. Click the Write Me A Poem link when ready!
Practice the basic steps of writing a poem with this fun tool that puts your nature, school, celebrations, and sports themed poems into a related shape. Simple to follow steps make this a winner for primary grade poets.
Channel your inner poet with this interactive magnetic poetry kit! Drag words from the word bank onto the blank board to build poems. Click the More Words option to find additional words for use. When finished, save or share your creation.
Leverage your content by having students create a poem using one of these poetry generators. The site includes nearly 20 options: Haiku, Limerick, Acrostic, Rhyming Poem, poems for special events, and a tutorial to create a poem about yourself.
Motivate & Engage Secondary Students
Hook your secondary students into poetry with these sites that include word comics and cartoons; a search engine for finding poems, lyrics, and quotations; a community for teens to process their emotions and social issues; and a searchable collection of 300+ poems related to social issues that are important to teens.
Connect older students (and visual thinkers) with poetry using this site filled with engaging comics and cartoons! Challenge students to create comic strips in which the art helps to convey the meaning of the lines of poetry.
Try your hand at this search engine (and more) to find poems, lyrics, and quotations. If you only know part of a poem or quotation, type it in the search box to find the original source from this collection of over 500 poets and poems.
Visit this community where young people of all backgrounds come together to process their emotions using poetry. Find challenges to write about social issues and to write a poem in only 140 characters. There are also tips for writing FanFiction poetry.
Search a rich collection of poems, designed for sharing poetry by socially engaged poets. Topics cover a wide variety of themes including aging, economics, and environmental issues. Use the filters to search by format, language, and more.
This Week at TeachersFirst
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Infusing Technology Blog
Exploring rhymes helps students understand how language works through sounds and familiar word patterns. Check out our blog to read about six sites for discovering and creating rhymes across grade levels.
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