We all need more poetry in our lives, and time spent with poems in classrooms is what many students carry away and cherish years after they've left our schools. Here are resources to help you bring more of the delights of poetry into your classroom and school.
Shirl McPhillips honors the poet Mary Oliver upon her passing, reflecting on the power of favorite poems and poets to endure in the lives of writers.
Shirl McPhillips shares a poem she’s written about her grandmother Eva, and the fragments of memory that inspired it.
If you want stronger poetry from students, a good starting point might be to explore how to write a powerful simile. Gretchen Schroeder explains how she helps her high school students play with and create better similes.
Poetry writing always has the potential to spark some magic in students. Christy Rush-Levine finds this magic requires a few conditions to be in place first in her middle school classroom.
Gretchen Schroeder finds helping her students see the value in rereading poems is all about helping them pay close attention to imagery.
David Pittman delights in a student’s enthusiasm for poetry, leading him to reflect on how teachers often need to overcome their own negative history with poems to spark student love of the genre.
Estelle shares a poem she has written about lost friendship with her teacher, Katherine Sokolowski. She captures the fickle nature of fifth-grade relationships among girls. Katherine connects the cadence of the writing to the style of The Crossover, and helps Estelle find possibilities for more writing.
Shirl McPhillips crafts a message from the moon about tone in poetry and school in her latest poem and companion essay.
Gretchen Schroeder uses online videos as resources to teach her high school students to appreciate spoken-word poetry and write their own.
Linda Karamatic explores poetry with her second graders. She displays poems students have written and teaches them about fresh language using a poem about a pencil sharpener.
Mary Lee Hahn finds a focus on play and "dabbling" renews student writers during a unit on narrative nonfiction.
Shirl McPhillips shares a new poem, as well as some practical tips on moving from random observations to vivid details to poetry.
Tara Smith describes how she eases her sixth-grade students into writing poetry through careful selection and analysis of mentor poems.
Megan Skogstad finds the right mentor texts can help her fourth graders move beyond acrostic poems.
Mandy Robek finds quick poetry read-alouds are a great way to transition between activities in her second-grade classroom and build a love of poems.
Gretchen Schroeder finds creative ways to pique interest in poetry in her high school classroom.
Tara Smith finds that the 20 minutes she spends on poetry reading, analysis, and response in her sixth-grade classroom each week pay dividends all year long.
Jennifer Schwanke finds song lyrics are one way for students to see the power of poems.
Christy Rush-Levine leads her middle school students in a choral reading and analysis of "Old Age Sticks" by E.E. Cummings. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
Melanie Meehan discovers that the spare form of poetry is especially useful for teaching conventions.
Gigi McAllister shares suggestions for infusing poetry throughout classrooms and the literacy curriculum all year long.
Gretchen Schroeder makes a case for teaching the sonnet to teenagers in the age of texts and Twitter.
The end of winter is upon us! Shirl McPhillips celebrates with a poem about an old crow and reflections on revising poems over time.
This vivid new poem from Shirley McPhillips, explores the disconnect between exams and life.
Shirl McPhillips writes of the glories of summer walks for teachers in her latest poem and reflection.
Jillian Heise shares a marvelous poetry writing activity for students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school.
Shirl McPhillips highlights the pleasures and challenges of using a strict poetic form.
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