Yes, poetry can be intimidating for some students. A few may even say boring. Enter TpT resources, with new and amazing ways to help make poetry approachable… and help it come to life. Whether you’re teaching students how to annotate a poem or showing them they can create poetry out of almost anything, you’ll love these fun resources for your middle and high schoolers. Here’s to National Poetry Month coming up in April, and here’s to falling in love with poetry every month of the year.
The Wonderful World of Poetry
Secondary Supplements says, “I use Silent Scribbles in my history classroom. Students pair up and annotate a historical poem. They enjoy it because it’s like they’re writing notes to each other. I love it because it reinforces ELA skills, it’s easy to grade, and the room is so quiet!”
“I love teaching poetry,” enthuses OCBeachTeacher. “I liked writing it when I was a student but struggled to understand poems when I had to read them. As a teacher, I try to make reading and writing poetry fun and accessible to all students. Here are a few of my poetry resources: Identity Poem: Using Literature Models for Inspired Writing! and Dialogue Poems (Poems for Two Voices) Inspired Writing.”
Ellen Weber – Brain based tasks for upper grades relishes the creativity she finds in her classroom: “April can swing from birch trees in your students’ poetry. Stanzas to open windows for fresh air add a new lilt to their steps, and celebrate people they care about — all part of spring, part of poetry, and part of writing adventures they love! Limericks toss fun into spring’s easy laughter for the lighter side of life through animated images in every stanza.
Haiku adventures walk young authors along multiple intelligence pathways as they play with lyrics in tones of spring.
Sonnets celebrate people on a special spring day. What’s better than a cool gift from a teen’s awesome poetic creation this spring? Try Bundled Poetry Writing~ Fun to Publication!”
Route 22 Educational Resources has found an interesting way to meld disciplines: “As a math teacher, I’m always trying to find ways to bring other disciplines into my classroom. Pilish, which is a type of poetry based on the digits of Pi, is a great activity that combines math and creative writing. When I don’t have a chance to use it during Pi Day (March 14th), I make a point of introducing it in April. Check out my freebie Pi and Poetry with Luck of the Pilish. I even collaborated with an ELA teacher to create Pilish poems. Here’s a blog post about our results.”
“My favorite is a social studies crossover that works well during National Poetry Month when we’re also looking at the Renaissance,” shares Education with DocRunning, who suggests the Common Core-aligned Playing with Poetry with Petrarch. “Start with a modern song to understand rhyme scheme (I’m partial to Adele) and then use that knowledge to write Petrarch (the original love poet of the western world)-style sonnets.”
“My favorite resource for teaching poetry is my Annotating Poetry Made Easy lesson,” says The Daring English Teacher. “I use a PowerPoint to walk students through the annotation process step by step. Then I work with my students as we annotate a poem together. This resource includes colorful student handouts and reference sheets that help make the task of annotating poetry much easier for students (and teachers).”
Writer’s Corner‘s go-to resources for poetry writing involve students writing their own poems: “Writing Memory Poetry is a two-day unit in which students create ‘hunks of stone’ that they sculpt into poems using memories and images. On the year-end survey of what we’ve done during the year, this activity always makes the Top Ten Things You Must Do Next Year list. As I’m a member of the National Writing Project, the concise directions include the basic principles of Writer’s Workshop.”
Room 213 likes to keep it fun: “My favorite poetry resource is my Poetry Games & Activities package. It uses engaging games and activities to give students practice in identifying and using figurative language. It has options for individual work as well as collaboration, along with several activities that get kids out of their seats and moving.”
“I find in general that my students feel intimidated by poetry,” says Carla McLeod. “They associate it with old, incomprehensible texts and language that leaves them confused and feeling inadequate. That’s why I like to include fun pre-reading and post-reading activities that take the fear out of poetry as well as offer opportunities to work in groups — and that also include plenty of modern twists such as links to videos, use of technology, and more. I tried to incorporate all these ideas into my Emily Dickinson Analysis and Activity Pack. It worked beautifully with my students, and that’s why it’s my favorite.”
Nouvelle could not be more enthusiastic about the subject: “I loooove poetry! My favorite activity is Found Poetry, which helps students realize that they can make poetry out of anything. We use nonfiction texts, novels, or short stories we’ve read, or sometimes even cereal boxes. Starting from a source text, students choose the most evocative words and phrases from which to construct a poem. It’s not as intimidating for students as starting from scratch, and it’s a great way to tie in poetry throughout the year, too.”
“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove, Poet and Author