National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! I am so excited to celebrate the art of poetry in my classroom. Don't get me wrong, we read and study poetry throughout the school year but this month we will have an in depth study of and recognize a diverse group of poets. Here are a few of the things that I plan to do this month to celebrate poetry...

1 - Study Forms of Poetry
Over the last couple of years we have explored poetry in a few different ways. I want my students to continue to grow as readers and writers of poetry by introducing them to a few more forms including sonnets, limericks, and haikus.

2 - Study Poets
This year, we have taken the time to learn about a very diverse group of people and their contributions to our world. We have come across several poets but have not yet delved into their works. This month we will take the time to read more poetry written by Emily Dickenson, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jack Prelutsky to name a few.

3 - Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
Did you know this is a nationally recognized day? This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day will be recognized on Thursday, April 26th. Staff members and students alike, chose their favorite poem and carry it with them. They share their poem with people wherever they go. It's a fun way to get to share poems, work on fluency, and engage with others.

How are you planning to celebrate National Poetry Month in your classroom?

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