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Poetry Appreciation: Free Lesson Plans, Activities and Resources

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Celebrate Poetry with Share My Lesson

April is a month that celebrates the beauty and complexity of poetry, marking not only National Poetry Month but also the birthday of William Shakespeare on April 23rd. This collection offers an array of free teaching resources designed to inspire preK-12 students to engage deeply with poetry, a form of literature that emphasizes the aesthetic and evocative qualities of words arranged in rhythmic lines, often with rhyming endings.

Poetry provides a unique vehicle for students to express their feelings, contemplate life's intricacies, or find a momentary escape from the challenges of our times. Through this curated selection, educators and parents can access lesson plans that introduce students to the joy of reading, writing, and analyzing poetry. Activities include creative writing prompts that encourage students to explore their thoughts and emotions, assessments to gauge their understanding and appreciation of poetry, and engaging videos that bring the world of poetry to life.

Moreover, students are invited to ponder the definition of poetry, comparing their interpretations with formal definitions, such as the one from the Oxford Learner's Dictionaries, and reflecting on the emotional and sensory experiences poetry evokes. By doing so, they deepen their appreciation of poetry as one of literature's most enduring forms of expression.

Engaging with this collection, students can explore the rich tapestry of poetry across ages and cultures, from Shakespeare's timeless sonnets to contemporary works that resonate with today's societal themes. Whether it's through recitation, performance, or creative writing, these resources aim to enchant students with the transformative power of poetry, fostering a lifelong love for this art form.

For educators and guardians looking to inspire their students and children with the beauty of poetry, this collection offers a comprehensive toolkit to make poetry accessible and enjoyable, ensuring that each lesson not only educates but also captivates the imagination.

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Activating Student Voice Through Poetry
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Activating Student Voice Through Poetry

March 22, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Home Is Not a Country
Lesson

Home Is Not a Country

Lesson Plan | Grades 8-12, Adult Education, Professional Development, PSRP, SISP

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Discuss Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem “The Hill We Climb”
Lesson

Discuss Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem “The Hill We Climb”

Lesson Plan | Grades 3-12, Higher Education, Professional Development

The Power of Poetry
Lesson

The Power of Poetry

Activity, Article, Handout | Grades 6-12

Harlem Poem Analysis
Lesson

Harlem Poem Analysis

Handout, Lesson Plan | Grades 9-12

"Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes - Workshop: Social Media Post and Reflection
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"Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes - Workshop: Social Media Post and Reflection

Activity, Assessment, Handout, Project Based Learning | Grades 11-12, Higher Education

Lord...Black/Brown Skin
Lesson

Lord...Black/Brown Skin

Handout, Presentation, Worksheet | Grade 11

Passionate Shepherd Cycle
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Passionate Shepherd Cycle

Assessment, Handout, Presentation, Worksheet | Grade 10

My Last Duchess/Porphyria's Lover
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My Last Duchess/Porphyria's Lover

Handout, Lesson Plan, Worksheet | Grade 11

Chlorine Sky Discussion Guide
Lesson

Chlorine Sky Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan | Grades 7-12, Professional Development, PSRP, SISP

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