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April may be National Poetry Month but educators incorporate poetry into their curriculum throughout the school year.  Listed below are great open resources to reference now or bookmark for future perusal.


Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month with The New York Times: Mostly contemporary references geared toward middle and high school instruction. A must read to gain engaging ideas on connecting teenagers and poetry. Also check out the Fifth Annual New York Times Student Poetry Contest.


Poetry Out Loud: A national contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support this project. Poetry Out Loud also has a wealth of teaching resources.

Poets.org: Listing of  30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month. Fun activities to do for all ages. They also post information on How to Read a Poem.


Poetry Foundation: Hosts a wealth of information and resources for poetry.


Bringing Poetry to the Classroom: National Education Association gives information about incorporating poetry in grades K-12.


Reading Rockets: Numerous links to resources ranging from book lists to video interviews with poets and writers.


Angela Alexander