April is designated as National Poetry Month,an initiative started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
The following websites have loads of background resources on poets and poems:
Additional resources for teaching students about poetry include the following:
What ideas do you have for inspiring your students to create poems?
How will you emphasize poetry in your teaching during April?
I love reading poetry with students. I tried to incorporate it into my work with my third graders all year long. They each had a poetry notebook which was bascially a binder that we added poems to throughout the year. Many classics and unique poems as well as seasonal or just fun to read. Students also added their own poems as well. We spent time often illustrating the poems so students could show what they saw when they read or heard the poem.
Here are some other resources you can explore too:
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Check out the blog "Three Good Resources for Helping Students Learn About and Write Poetry" written by Richard Byrne (April 5, 2014) published by Free Technology for Teachers. He shares some valuable online resources to use in celebrating April as National Poetry Month.
Scholastic has a big list of lesson resources for teaching poetry. Please let us know which ones you enjoy using the most with your students.