World Poetry Day is celebrated each year on March 21st. The special day was started by the United Nations in 1999 as a day to celebrate the greatness of this type of writing. Younger students find the simple rhymes, actions and colorful imagery an opportunity to have FUN. Older students find it a way to learn about topics and/or express their own ideas. However, there are many other reasons to enjoy poems at home and school.
5 Reasons to Love Poetry
- Encourages kids to read aloud.
- Helps students find reading easier because they can predict the beat of the poem.
- Imagery helps expand student vocabulary.
- The “non-rules” of free verse allow creativity in word choice. Imagery promotes adjective use.
2 Favorite Websites
Each website below includes many resources to make poetry teaching easy and FUN! The resources include articles to help you understand how to teach it and many lessons and activities.
- ReadWriteThink: An amazing resource you can use to help teach your kids about poetry. (It’s an amazing site on all literacy topics) There are many interactive lessons for kids of all ages to help them understand more about poetry and how to write a poem. There are lessons on a wide variety of styles (haikus, shapes, riddles, nursery rhymes).
- Poetry4Kids is a site created by Kenn Nesbitt, a children’s author. I like this site because it includes funny poems for kids (and kid-like adults) to read. You will also find classic children’s poems, games, lessons, and activities. Be sure to look at the rhyming dictionary and videos. One stop FREE resources for all your needs. Fun to explore!
If you’ve been hesitant to try poetry in your classroom, why not make World Poetry Day the start of a new beginning? You’re going to love it!