April is Poetry Month! As an English teacher this is one of my favorite months of the year. Oh, and it’s my birthday month too! Double Win! To kick off the month I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite poetry resources and a few ideas that you may be able to use in your classroom!
First, here are some amazing websites that are great for teachers and students alike.
1. The Poetry Foundation This website is simply put, awesome! They have an extensive collection of classic and modern poetry. You can search by topic, by literary device, or author. They also have audio files to listen to as well as teacher resources. This is definitely a resource that is useful for teachers of all subject matter. You can find poems that relate to a theme or topic from your class whether it is science, social studies, or even math!
2. Poets.org is another great resource for teachers. Follow the link provided to get creative lesson plans to use with your students. Explore the site- it’s fun! They even have poems for “Shark Week!”
3. The Poetry Archive is perfect for classes that require an auditory experience. This site has an extremely large collection of poems being read aloud- most often by the author themselves.
There are also a few important dates to note in April that have to do with or can relate to poetry and or English Language Arts!
1. William Wordsworth, the poet, was born on April 7th! Perhaps a reading of his poem “The Daffodils” would be appropriate. It is great for teaching about personification!
2. Earth day is April 22nd! Students can read nature themed poems or construct their own!
3. Lastly, there is Shakespeare’s birthday & anniversary of his death; April 23rd. Yes, it is widely accepted that he was born and died on the same day. Check back in two weeks for a post about how to throw Shakespeare a birthday party in class!
Hopefully this gives you some ideas about how to celebrate Poetry Month in your classroom! Keep checking back for more resources and information!
Do you have any other websites/dates to add to my list? Comment below!
Sara Fuller is a 5 year veteran English teacher with an MA in literature who has experience teaching students ranging from the middle school to college level. She blogs about her teaching adventures at Ms. F’s Teaching Adventures and young adult books at YA Lit, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly!