April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets, the goals are:
- Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
- Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
- Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
- Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
- Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
- Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
- Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry
All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families celebrate by reading, writing, and sharing poetry. Here are fifteen websites that do all that and more. Share them with students on a class link page like the class internet start page, Symbaloo, or another method you’ve chosen to share groups of websites with students:
From ReadWriteThink–students learn about acrostic poetry and how to write it
A collection of classical poems for children ranging from fun and lively to solemn and thought provoking
Video of a Shel Silverstein poem
Classical children’s poetry including Tyger, Teddy Bear, Paul Revere’s Ride, and more
Americans sharing poetry they love. This includes videos of poems being read, including Frost’s Stopping by a Wood on a Snowy Evening
An easy-to-maneuver website with fizzy funny fuzzy poetry by Gareth Lancaster
This collection of fun poetry also includes poetry theatre, games, and a class
Great collection of poetry terms that students can refer to. Includes domain-specific words like ‘blank verse’, ‘caesura’, ‘limerick’, and more
A fun way to create instant poetry
Students drag-and-drop from a collection of words to a canvas, name their poem, then publish to Facebook or saved to student’s digital portfolio
A great way to write this ever-popular form of poetry. Can be printed from the site
One of the largest word collections I’ve seen. It shows how many people are playing with you. Must be saved with a screen shot.
Students write their poem and it is put to music available on the website. Can only be saved via screencast
Step-by-step directions for writing a poem. Allows students to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.
A funny poetry playground funny poetry playground from Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt
Find words that rhyme
Fun website that walks students through the creation of a poem in a shape. One of my students’ favorites
Poems, books, games, and more
TED: Why Poetry (video)
The Griffin Poetry Prize founder, Scott Griffin, talks about the importance of poetry
Create poetry using pieces of existing poems
Select words, add a background, and share your poem
What are your favorite poetry websites?
—Need help with poetry writing? These poem writers have prepared a great guide and a lot of samples for you!
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.