Poetry Month: Free Lesson Plans, Activities and Resources
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Celebrate Poetry Month with Share My Lesson
April is Poetry Month and William Shakespeare's Birthday is April 23rd. Use this curated collection of free poetry lessons to engage preK-12 students in expressing their feelings during--or momentarily escaping from--these complicated times.
The Oxford Learner's Dictionaries defines poetry as: "a piece of writing in which the words are chosen for their sound and the images they suggest, not just for their obvious meanings. The words are arranged in separate lines, usually with a repeated rhythm, and often the lines rhyme at the end." But what would your students say poetry is?
Find lesson plans, activities, assessments and videos to engage and enchant students with one of the literary world's greatest gifts: poetry.
- Check out the Kindred Spirits' blog for Poetry Month "Poetry Frontiers & Frameworks" for ideas and inspiration on how to make poetry come alive for students.
- See what NPR resident author Kwame Alexander did in this 2020 poetry project: 'Social Distance': A Community-Style Poem To Help You Feel Less Isolated.
- You may want to complement these poetry lessons with music lessons, since April is also Jazz Appreciation Month.
Make Poetry Relevant
Would you like students to see connections from great poets to modern culture? See Amber Chandler's blog post "Love, Walt" for ideas.