Celebrate National Poetry Month with these resources to help you teach students how to read, write, and share poems.
The following series of activities is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and encourage you and your students to engage in a multimedia experience with the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, a group that represents poetry in America at its best. You can use the activities one right after the other, or separate them, as you integrate poetry with other areas of study throughout National Poetry Month. The activities are designed to reach diverse learners through multiple entry points and can be easily adapted further for your particular students.
Aligned with the Common Core Standards/College and Career Anchor Standards, the activities below address the three literacy areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The activities also indicate how English lessons can intersect with Science curriculum in inspiring ways.
Studying Other Poet Videos
You can adapt the activities to view/read any of the poems in the Poet-to-Poet collection. Of course, you will have to change the poem-specific activities, such as the preparation photo, and the poetic elements studied, but the viewing and reading and imagining activities (Lessons II and III) can be easily adapted.
Poets and Their Poems
- Juan Felipe Herrera, "Five Directions to My House"
- Edward Hirsch, "Fast Break"
- Jane Hirshfield, "My Skeleton"
- Naomi Shihab Nye, "A Valentine for Ernest Mann"
- Ron Padgett, "Nothing in that Drawer"
- Arthur Sze, "The Owl"
- Arthur Sze, "Here"
- Anne Waldman, from "Manatee/Humanity"
Common Core State Standards/College and Career Anchor Standards
- Reading: Key Ideas and Details, 2; Craft and Structure, 4; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, 7, 9
- Writing: Text Types and Purposes, 3; Production and Distribution of Writing, 5, 6
- Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration, 1, 2
- Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, 4, 5
- Interdisciplinary Connections: Science (Animals, Environmental Issues)
Begin your Poet-to-Poet unit with these reading and observation activities for Arthur Sze's "The Owl."
This Poet-to-Poet lesson will engage your students with Arthur Sze's "The Owl" and the poet's recording of the poem.
The activities in this Poet-to-Poet lesson will get students thinking about what inspires poets and prepare them to write their own poems.
In the final lesson of the Poet-to-Poet unit, students will develop poetic techniques and presentation skills as they write and perform their own poems.