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 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.
Shari Frost explains how teachers get creative with poetry notebooks.
Jillian Heise uses the lowly paint-chip board to inspire poetry in her middle school students.
This new poem and reflection from Shirl McPhillips that delights in wordplay and emergent greenery in the spring.
Shirl McPhillips captures beautifully the “hard knuckle” of the end of winter and the slow turn to spring in a new poem and reflection.
There may be a group of students somewhere less eager to learn than a class of high school seniors during the last weeks of school, but that group would be as tough to locate as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. Gretchen Schroeder discovers a surprising cure for senioritis — modern poetry.
Shari Frost describes how a sixth-grade teacher provides a range of poetry options to meet the needs of all students.
Sean Moore uses the poem “The Busy Ant” for partner work and discussion of fluency and vocabulary with his second graders.
Mary Lee Hahn's "Poetry Minute" includes tips and resources for poetry instruction. This month's Poetry Minute focuses on poetry forms and mentor texts to teach them.
The seasons are like bulbs, fat and full underground. In their time, they edge up and unfold with meaning. Shirl McPhillips finds inspiration from the darkest days of winter in her latest poetry offering.
Mary Lee Hahn provides a wealth of web resources and practical suggestions for using technology for poetry instruction.
Shirl McPhillips considers ekphrasis (poetry inspired by art) in her own poetry and reflection.
Ann Williams shares how she builds a love of poetry in her fourth-grade classroom all year long.
Shirl McPhillips celebrates high summer, friendship, and handwritten notes in this poem and reflection.
Linda Karamatic teaches a small group of her second graders about found poetry.
Katie Doherty works with a small group of sixth graders who need extra support as they read the poem “Aspects of Autumn.”
Shirl McPhillips creates a cento – a collection of lines written by other poets compiled into a new poem. It turns out poets were sampling other creative works centuries before rappers made the practice so popular today.
Katie Doherty finds poetry is a powerful tool for helping her middle school students understand the value of schema while reading.
Franki Sibberson combines verse and nature in this booklist on taking poetry outdoors.
Shirl McPhillips reminds us of the power of an invocation–a call for support. Not only is this a beautiful poem, but it is a model for students writing their own invocation.
Erin Ocon highlights the life and work of William Stafford and how she uses the archives of his work to bring poetry alive for her middle school students.
In this podcast, Georgia Heard talks about the possibilities for the Common Core when teachers bring their own passion, heart and poetry to the discussions.
Katie Baydo-Reed finds the web has great resources for her middle school students when it comes to sparking more interest in poetry.
Seizing an unexpected learning opportunity may be the best way to remember why you became a teacher in the first place. Karen Terlecky celebrates one of these serendipitous moments.
Shirley McPhillips draws parallels between a tentative, battered robin in the snow and the fragility of teachers in the spring.
Shari Frost shares literacy activity suggestions and a booklist of her favorite poetry anthologies.
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