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Into Well-Versed Poets


poetry graphicIn celebration of National Poetry Month, Education World offers more than 20 poetry lesson plans to help teachers integrate poetry into their classrooms and develop "well-versed" students. Stage a poetry slam for profit, find the funniest poems around, write synonym poems, more! Included: Links to poetry sites for kids and teachers, rubrics for grading poetry, and sites that publish student poetry!

Each April, America celebrates National Poetry Month. To help you observe National Poetry Month, Education World presents five new lessons for exploring poetry in the classroom. These fun activities will energize students and promote an appreciation for poetry of all kinds.

After checking out this week's featured lessons, scroll down the page for links to 15 bonus lessons!


From the
Ed World Archive

Find dozens of additional lesson ideas and resources in Education World's Poetry Month Archive.

Click any headline below for a complete teaching resource. (Approximate grade levels for each activity appear in parentheses.)

Diamond Poems Across the Curriculum
Build vocabulary skills, teach parts of speech, and have fun with diamond poems. (Grades 3-12)

P Is for Poetry
Create a simple rhyming ABC book with young children or foreign language students. Illustrate the book by hand or with a software drawing program. (Grades K-12)

A Laugh and a Half: Students Make Funny-Poem Mobiles
Students find their favorite funny poems -- and write their own -- to hang from a smile-mobile. Student work sheet provided. (Grades K-8)

Stage a Poetry Slam!
Hold a classroom or school-wide poetry slam. A slam can be held as a fund-raising activity, a parents night event, or just for fun! (Grades 3-12)

Synonym Poetry
Students choose a word -- any word -- think about what it means to them, and build synonym poems around their words! (Grades 3-12)


While surfing the Net looking for the best poetry sites for kids, we found lots of terrific lesson plans to help teachers integrate poetry across the grades.
  • A Time for Rhyme (Grades 3-5)
  • Fooling With Words With Bill Moyers (Grades 9-12)
  • Virtual Poetry (Grades 1-5)
  • Enhancing a Poetry Unit with American Memory (Grades 6-11)
  • Make a Poetry Quilt (Grades K-3)
  • Can You Imagine Poem (Grades 3-12)
  • Poetry Writing With Jack Prelutsky (Grades 2-5)
  • Performance Poetry (Grades 6-12)
  • Writing I Spy Riddle Rhymes With Jean Marzollo (Grades 1-6)
  • Using a Poetry Slam to Teach the Mechanics of Poetry (Grades 9-12)
  • Rock and Poetry: A Thematic Project (Grades 9-12)
  • Shel Silverstein's Classroom Poetry Kit (Grades K-8)


  • Billy Collins' Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
  • Giggle Poetry
  • The English Room: 30 Days of Poetry
  • Outta Ray's Head Poetry Lessons
  • Online Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Poetry Online: Search By Poet, Title, Timeline, Keyword
  • The English Teacher's Poetry Resources (By Poet's Name)


  • Poetry Rubric
  • Poetry Rubric
  • Performance Poetry Rubric
  • Poetry Rubric
  • Poetry Rubric
  • Poetry Rubric


  • Poet's Corner Online Poetry Project
  • Surfing the Net With Kids: Publish Your Poetry Online
  • Young Poets

    Article by Gary Hopkins
    Education World®
    Copyright © 2010 Education World

    Originally published 04/19/2002
    Last updated 03/19/2010
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