Make poetry a part of your classroom with this collection of classic and contemporary poets and poetry collections. The rhyme, rhythm, and sound in poetry can help build early literacy skills. Poetry encourages word play, provides students with an outlet for expressing their feelings and, since many poems are short, is perfect for reluctant readers. This list is ideal for teaching classic poets like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Langston Hughes, and introducing students to more modern works from authors like Pan Muñoz Ryan and Sharon Creech.