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April is Poetry Month!
From Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare, poetry helps us explore language at its most effective. During Poetry Month we encourage students to explore the work of writing masters like poets and to develop their own writing skills. Try some of these resources:
- Figurative Language
Develop skill with metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, and other figures of speech.
A variety of resources for teaching this form.
- Poetry Collections
Online databases of poetry.
- General Poetry Resources
How to write an acrostic, a clerihew, and more. Follow links to 2 additional pages.
- Seamus Heaney
Poems and lesson plans for this Nobel Prize winner.
- Yusef Komunyakaa
Ideas for teaching "Facing It" and "Blackberries."
- Jack Prelutsky
Tips for introducing children to reading and writing poetry, literacy activities.
- Octavio Paz
Activities including work with figurative language.
- Emily Dickinson
Lesson plans and text of poems.
- The sonnets of William Shakespeare
Lesson ideas for working with the Bard.