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."
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Poetry 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!