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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. 

Learn about the 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. Get more information about The Get Lit Grand Slam Finals to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 7-10pm.


National Poetry Month Quiz  (with answer key)
Poetry Read-a-Thon for Students

Listen to Poems

National Poetry Month Podcast
The Poetry Archive (with resources for teachers and students)

Visual Poems

Student Interactive – Literary Graffiti

Lesson Plans

Poetry Slam, PowerPoint Style
The Poetry Archive – Lesson plans & activities – Curriculum & lesson plans
Read Write Think – Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things (K-2)
Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide