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April 2014

National Poetry MonthStart 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 24, 2014, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

Read this blog post written by Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.

Learn about additional resources from the Academy of American Poets.

Poetry Tournament

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!

Literacy in Learning Exchange


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 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."

William Stafford’s son Kim Stafford shares memories of his father’s life and work and talks about his own journey to becoming a poet and educator in this Council Chronicle article “His Poetry Was a Way of Teaching.”

Visit the NCTE Online Store for more poetry books!

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


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.

View more videos and learn about the winning poets today!









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