- Read a poem a day with your students. Whether it is reading for pleasure or reading for analysis – share poetry with your students.
- Checkout the website: Words Unlocked for poetry teaching resources and a poetry contest.
- Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day April 21, 2016: Poem in Your Pocket Day
- Read Billy Collins’s poem “On Poetry”.
- Discover unknown poets at websites like: Verse Daily,and encourage students to submit poetry of their own.
- Have students share original poetry or the poems of others by placing copies of the poem around the school or campus.
- Explore Cell Poems and have poems delivered to your cell phone – encourage students to do the same.
- Tweet lines from your favorite poem or poems throughout the month of April, or follow #NPM16 or #nationalpoetrymonth on Twitter.
- Encourage students, with teacher approval, to read a poem to a class other than English. Can they find poems written about other disciplines?
- “Chalk the Walk” by having students use sidewalk chalk to write entire poems or just favorite verses on the sidewalks leading to your school or on your school steps. Create a graffiti wall in your classroom where students can use chalk or markers to write lines of poetry or entire poems on the pieces of paper that line the walls of your room.
I would like to add two additional activities to Amy’s list.
11. Allow your students to try their hand at slam poetry with this TedEd video on Become a Slam Poet in Five Steps. The process is all laid out in the video, and you will be amazed a what your students can create.
12. Connect with other educators who love and value poetry through this slow Twitter chat during the entire month of April: