Poetry Lesson Plans
These classroom-tested lesson plans from ReadWriteThink provide ready resources for teachers working with students from kindergarten to high school.
The idea is to create a basketball tournament-pairing chart using poetry and determine a final winner by reading the poems. Learn about conducting a tournament, selecting poems and view examples from other educators. Start planning your
Poetry Tournament today!
In 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers. Listen to a podcast interview with the author and read the sample chapter to learn more about poetry as a means into academic writing. Learn more with these ReadWriteThink poetry lesson plans from the author.
In Getting the Knack, authors Stephen Dunning and William Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer 20 exercises covering different types or phases of poetry writing. The authors' humor and nonacademic style will appeal to experienced and novice poets of all ages. Read the chapter on "Found & Headline Poems."
Visit the NCTE Online Store for more poetry books!
Poetry Themed Journals
"The Road Seldom Taken: Poetry" Voices from the Middle, March 2009
"Poetry" English Journal, September 2006
“Teaching and Writing Poetry” English Journal, January 2002
"Poetry: The Best Words in their Best Order" Voices from the Middle, December 2002
"The Poetic Possibilities of Language” Language Arts, March 1999
"Language and Literacy: The Poetry Connection" Language Arts, March 1997
National Gallery of Writing
In the National Gallery of Writing there are several poetry galleries with samples of writing that can be shared and used as inspiration for your own poetry:
The gallery "From the 'Summit' to the snowy capped Poet Peaks" encourages community members from Jackson, Wyoming, to share their poetry about their community.
Both students and faculty members at Haynesville High can submit their poetry works, such as the submission "You Should Read," to the Haynesville High Authors and Poets.
The Lion's Den Gallery is geared to any style of written poetry or prose. Students, teachers, parents, and community members may contribute to this gallery to share stories and express themselves through the written word, including the entry "Tiger, Tiger."
The gallery 5 Confused Words includes poetry from high school students, Poetry from the Heartland. That is illustrated in the group of submissions titled "The Best of English 9 Poems."
The National Gallery of Writing houses all kinds of writing from all walks of life and highlights the remarkable variety of writing we engage in everyday.
NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
NCTE, through the Poetry Committee, recognizes and fosters excellence in children's poetry by encouraging its publication and by exploring ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays. The NCTE Poetry Award was established to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13. Learn more about the winning poets today!