April is Poetry Month. Here are some ways to use poetry in class this month:
1. Have students cut out or copy favorite poems into a poetry notebook and create illustrations.
2. Have students read poetry individually and with partners. Emphasize repeated readings for accuracy and fluency.
3. Read poetry in unison as a whole class.
4. Hold a poetry slam where students practice a poem to perform.
5. Model different forms to use in short writing assignments or free writing tasks.
6. Have students use vocabulary words to create original poems.
7. Read through poems in small groups and look for literary devices, rhyme, rhythm, and different forms.
8. Read short poems as a sponge activity. I sometimes read poetry at the end of the day when we are all packed up.
9. Post poetry around the room for students to discover.
10. Host a poetry writing challenge. Have students set goals for the number of poems they will write.
Update June 2014: I have replaced the April 2012 & April 2013 challenges with 10 Poetry Forms. This packet is all the same poetry lessons in one place. To download the freebie 10 Poetry Forms from TPT, click here. To download the freebie 10 Poetry Forms from TN, click here.