February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

New Kinds of Poetry: Title Poems (2017 Edition)

It’s Poetry Month, my dulcet darlings!  That can mean only one thing.  Time to come up with a new way of writing poetry. Today, the challenge is simple.  Write original poetry, that makes sense, entirely out of the titles of books published in 2017.  For my purposes today I think I’ll work entirely in the […]

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Alexander, Christine Heppermann, and more.

Students Can Participate in Poet-to-Poet Multimedia Project this Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets have launched Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets, like Juan Felipe Herrera, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldeman.

On Beyond Haiku: New Forms for Poetry Month

Back in 2011 I wrote a post called Poetry Month Ideas: Try Something a Little Different (note the conspicuous disappearance of ALL the images from said post and sigh along with me).  Well, time has passed but my quest to find new and interesting ways to teach poetry, aside from the standard set of haikus […]

For National Poetry Month: An Interactive Poetry App by Jack Prelutsky

April is National Poetry Month. This new storybook poetry app based on the 1984 book of poems by Jack Prelutsky The New Kid on the Block is a light-hearted interactive poetry app that includes songs for young readers.

SLJ Resources for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and SLJ has compiled a list of tools and creative ideas for celebrating. From poetry slam best practices to Common Core curriculum connections, this roundup is chock-full of ways to approach the poetic form with kids all year long.