Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Various events are held throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets and other poetry organizations.
In honor of National Poetry Month, introduce your students to a variety of poetic forms. We have resources for Theme Poems, Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, or STEM Poetry. And don’t for get the the Word Mover App for iPad, which students can create “found poetry.”
For classroom materials on other new and timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on copyright, author birthdays, and more!
- New Strategy Guide: Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching (for grades K–8)
- Think green with ReadWriteThink! Inspire students to protect the environment with Earth Day activities.
- It’s time for students to find their favorite poems and tell everyone why they love them. April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
- Want to Contribute to ReadWriteThink.org? We’re always on the lookout for classroom-tested, evidence-based lesson plans, printouts, and strategy guides.
- Make your plans now to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) on April 30.
- Celebrate teachers making a difference. Register now for IRA’s Convention in San Antonio.
From the Calendar
- April 1: April is National Poetry Month!Students are assigned to be “poets of the day” and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class. (For grades K–12)
- April 2: Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen’s stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool. (For grades 7–12)
- April 4: In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.After hearing Maya Angelou’s poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one’s life and experiences can influence one’s writing. (For grades 7–12)
- April 5: Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.Students read “The Chieftan’s Daughter” and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas. (For grades 7–12)
- April 7: Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.Students listen to Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit” and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time. (For grades 9–12)
- April 9: In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.Students view Eleanor Roosevelt’s resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice. (For grades 7–12)
- April 10: The Statute of Anne, an influential copyright law, went into effect in 1710.Student groups do web research, compile their information, and make a booklet on copyright rules for the class to use as a reference. (For grades 6–12)
- April 12: Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.Using one of Soto’s stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool. (For grades K–6)
- April 13: Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney’s poem, “Digging,” and discuss the speaker’s attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem. (For grades 7–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on William Shakespeare, Earth Day, Paul Revere, and more!
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