More resources for National Poetry Month! I hope you’ll check out the excellent articles and lesson plans provided for free in this post by Rethinking Schools. I’ve always been successful in using their materials in the classroom–I’m sure the lesson plans and activities provided here are no different.

Rethinking Schools

April is National Poetry Month! If you’ve been reading our work for any length of time, you know we’re big fans of poetry, both reading it and using it as a teaching tool.

Here are some of our favorite articles on using poetry in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine. We hope you will find some time during your classes this month to read and write poetry with your students.

These articles are available free to all friends of Rethinking Schools:

Aquí y Allá/Here and There: Exploring Our Lives Through Poetry, by Elizabeth Schlessman
An elementary teacher uses the poetry of Jorge Argueta to help students express their feelings about leaving one country for another.

Talking Back to the World: Turning Poetic Lines into Visual Poetry, by Renée Watson
Student poetry about “what raised me” is woven into graphic art.

Remembering Mahmoud Darwish

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    • Don’t be afraid!! I know that feeling, but teaching poetry is actually easier than it seems. It surprised me at first, but my students always seemed to love it. Rethinking Schools lessons are great ones to start with. I’ve never had a lesson from them go wrong–and they’re typically some of my students’ favorites.

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