Celebrate National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, which is a great time to introduce children of all ages to the power of poetry. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent/guardian, below you’ll find several resources to guide you in celebrating during April.

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Check out Poetry Out Loud, it’s not only a national recitation contest held by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, but the organization’s site includes resources for teaching poetry. You can also plan to watch the national finals live on April 30.

If you’re in the mood for a multimedia approach to poetry, look no further than Poet-to-Poet, an educational project that asks elementary, middle, and high school students to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. The Academy has even put together lesson plans for teachers and educators in order to encourage robust participation.

The NEA’s Bringing Poetry to the Classroom site is a good place to get additional ideas about incorporating poetry in the classroom.

On Thursday, April 24 take part in Poem in Your Pocket day. People across the country select a poem and carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.