6 Activities to Celebrate National Poetry Month | Writing Service Blog

Posted on March 15, 2017 By

Next week marks the beginning of National Poetry Month and we’ve searched the Writing Service Communities for fun activities you can try in your classroom to celebrate. Try one of the ideas shared below during the month of April, or leave a comment below telling us about your favorite poetry-related activity.

Have students create Spine Poetry! Spine Poetry is the art of collecting interesting book titles and arranging them in clusters so the spines could be read like a sentence. The sentences can then be adapted into poetry. Check out some samples at thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com 

[From the Scholastic blog] “Set up a Poetry Cafe at school and invited parents and other special guests to come hear students recite their favorite poems aloud.  Since so much of poetry is about the rhythm and the phrasing of the words, the only way their poems can be truly appreciated is to read them aloud.”

Many of today’s songs, as we know, are poems. Read the lyrics to your class’ favorite song (without telling them what you’re reading). Then play the video and discuss. (Katy Perry example)

I have students produce various types of poems – alliteration, simile, metaphor, ode, clerihew, a homework excuse, and a sonnet. Some even try poems for two voices. Then we have a Poetry Jam – complete with hot chocolate, berets for the poets to wear, and finger snapping rather than applause. The kids LOVE IT!

Create a group for Poetry Month. Each day of the month have students share their favorite poem with the class. You could also honor your favorite poet each day in lieu of a poem.

Poetry Jam – Shared by Mrs. Speck

Spine Poetry – Shared by Mrs. White

Slam Poetry – Shared by Mrs. Sifford

Pop Music Videos – Ms. Lane

Poetry Cafe – Shared by Mrs. Lee
We have a professional slam poet come in and perform, do a few workshops with the students, and then they perform at a special ENG II assembly. Videos are posted to Writing Service class pages. 

30 Poems/30 Days
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