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April is National Poetry Month

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay asked, "To what purpose, April, do you return again?" Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March), and on the advice of educators across the country, the Academy of American Poets selected April as the best time of year to turn attention toward the art of poetry.
  • Flash: Tickets available for LA-based teen poetry slam!

    The Classic Slam is an LA-wide teen poetry competition where high school students face off to "slam" classic poems. Reserve your tickets now  for the classic slam final on May 24 at the Ebell Theater.

Recommended Reading List:
Poetry for Preschoolers
Poetry for Beginning Readers
Poetry for Pre-Teens
Poetry for Independent Readers

Activities
National Poetry Month Quiz  (w/ answer key)
Poetry Read-a-Thon for Students

Listen to Poems
Listening Booth - Poets.org  (400+ audio clips)
National Poetry Month Podcast 
The Poetry Archive (with resources for teachers and students)

Visual Poems
Free Verse Photo Project
Student Interactive - Literary Graffiti

Lesson Plans
Favorite Poem Project
Poetry Slam, PowerPoint Style
The Poetry Archive - Lesson plans & activities
Poets.org - Curriculum & lesson plans
Read Write Think - Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things (K-2)

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