Poetry for Younger Students * Poetry for Older Students * Poetry Lesson Plans * Misc.

Even though April has been identified as Poetry Month, we all know poetry units are taught throughout the year.  I have reviewed and put together some poetry resources to help you as you work on poetry units with your students.

FUN RHYMING & POETRY SITES FOR YOUNG STUDENTS

  • Reubus Rhymes - rhymes on this Enhanted Learning page are listed by title and by the first line of the featured rhyme
  • Mama Lisa's - the author of this site has posted nursery rhymes that feature cute illustrations, poetry for young students, and kids songs from around the globe
  • Silly Stories - students will enjoy the silly poems and colorful illustrations found at this site
  • Sunnie BunnieZZ Poetry - site features a vast number of poems for young students categorized by season, topic, etc.
  • A Pocketful of Rhymes - this site features several pages of links to poems...my favorite was "Looth Tooth"
  • Giggle Poetry - site features a number of silly poems that would have great kid appeal
  • Poetry4Kids.com - " Funny poems and poetry books, games, contests, lessons, discussion forums, and journals, plus a rhyming dictionary, streaming audio, school visit information and more."
  • Forms of Poetry for Kids - a gateway of links to nursery rhymes, poems set to music, limericks, free verse, concrete poetry, Haiku, Cinquain, ballads, couplet, and other forms of poetry

POETRY FOR OLDER STUDENTS

  • Clickable Poems - this site features an online journal of hypertext poetry. This site stretches the user to think about how we use poetry and how it is written with changing technology.
  • Favorite Poem Project - a collection of 50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.
  • William Shakespeare Poems - the title says it all.

LESSON PLANS

  • 30 Day of Poetry - access a collection of thirty different lesson plans.  Each lesson has a format and/or template that students can use to experiment with as they "discover" the joys of creative writing.   These lessons are geared to younger students.
  • Poetry Study Unit - while many of you include poetry in units you teach throughout the year I thought you might appreciate this suggestion for a Poetry Study that incorporates different poetry experiences that include a poetry journal, conducting oral readings, participating in sound experiments and more.  Suggestions found at the site are geared toward students grades 6-9.
  • Ideas for Writing Poetry in the Classroom - there are some great ideas for teaching poetry that include the Acrostic format, instructions for Sixers, Object poems, Chant poems, and more.
  • Writing Poetry - Scholastic has posted a site geared to upper elementary students that features poet Karla Kuskin.  Students will follow the online guidelines and samples to learn how to write their own descriptive poem.
  • Poetryclass -  this site "is the solution for teachers wanting to bring poetry alive in the classroom. The online poetry classroom and unique INSET training provides teachers with a 'nuts and bolts' insight into how poetry works."
  • Poetry Teachers - Examples of all sorts of poetry and ideas for how to teach poetry. This site features many follow-up ideas and activities that support the lessons.
  • Letter Poems - "This is Just to Say" and "Dear Gramma" are the two poems analyzed and exemplified here for students in grades 3-5. Students will try writing their own versions of these poems, with sample lists, poetry elements, and graphic organizers all included in the lesson plan.
  • How to Teach Poetry - Not all high school students respond well to poetry instruction (as many of you know).  This site offers teachers a wealth of  resources, from teaching ideas and tips to curriculum units, with resource centers and standards links included.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Line Break Explorer  - The Line Break Explorer highlights the key considerations that come into play when making line breaks for the poem "Bubbles"; then the tool provides students the opportunity to try rearranging line breaks in two poems. Similar to magnetic poetry, this site encourages experimentation.
  • Magenetic Poetry - Try to make a sentence from the words that are provided by clicking on them and dragging them.
  • Magnetic Poetry - Arrange the magnet word tiles for hours of fun!
  • Shakespeare Poetry Magnets - Obtain a random selection of word magnets that matches the relative frequency with which Shakespeare uses these words in his own works; then, rearrange to write your own poetry.
  • Instant Poetry Forms - Choose a poetry form from the list of links; then, just add words to make the poem your own.
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