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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry month – a perfect time to encourage students to appreciate poems and compose several of their own.

Here are sites and videos we recommend to help you motivate and inspire young poets.

National Poetry Month website – From, the site of the Academy of American Poets, here are 30 Way to Celebrate.

Poetry Everywhere with Garrison Keillor – Get a poetry reading everyday from all star poets. Visit the Poetry Everywhere YouTube Channel.


PBS Learning Media (don't forget to login to access full video content and lesson plans.)

Grades PreK-2

Discovering Poetry

Grades 5-8

Batting Practice and Poetry in Motion

Grades K-7

Getting Kids to Write Poetry

Grades 6-12

The Noble Art of Poetry

GPB Digital Education Multimedia (don’t forget to login to access videos, audio files and other multimedia)

Grades K-2
Introduction to Picture Books: Nature Stories and Poems

Grades 3-5, 6-8
Literature for Children: Sounds of Poetry
Poetry Jeopardy
Poetry Prompt Response

Grades 9-12
Wordsworth Poetry Activity