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ReadWriteThink.orgPoetry Lesson Plans
These classroom-tested lesson plans from ReadWriteThink provide ready resources for teachers working with students from kindergarten to high school.

National Poetry Month
April 2013

Start planning your National Poetry Month celebration today and find out what is happening in your state by visiting the National Poetry Map.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Invite students and colleagues to choose a favorite poem and carry it in their pockets to celebrate the Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18, 2013, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

Learn about additional resources from the Academy of American Poets.

Poetry Tournament
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!


360 Degrees of TextIn 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.

Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing ExercisesIn 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!


NCTE JournalsPoetry Themed Journals


NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children

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!




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