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Teaching Poetry

Freebies and Resources


Welcome to the poetry page on Teaching Resources! Here you'll find graphic organizers, books, printables, and other resources to help you introduce your students to the power of poetry.



Free Fall Poetry Webinar

How to Teach Kids to Love Poetry (Even If You Don't)

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How to Teach Kids to Love Poetry (Even If You Don't) - Free Webinar from Laura Candler

Why wait until April to teach poetry? Fall is the perfect time because your students can enjoy poetry all year long! In this webinar, I walk you through a complete poetry unit, step-by-step. After you implement these lessons, you'll be amazed at how quickly your students are able to read, write, and understand poetry... and even more surprised to discover how much your students come to love poetry, too! These lessons are best for upper elementary students, but many can be adapted for other ages. Even if you haven't enjoyed teaching poetry in the past, you might find yourself looking forward to your next poetry unit! Download the free webinar handouts here, and then click HERE to register for the replay.


  Poetry Unit Bundle (Includes Webinar)

The Poetry Unit Bundle includes 6 products that will make it super easy and fun to teach poetry, including the How to Teach Poetry Step by Step webinar with professional development certificate.

Check out the feedback from happy teachers like Kelly who wrote, "Your webinar inspired me to update my poetry unit. Your bundle is exactly what I needed to help me with those students who are the grumblers. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and experience!!! LOVE THIS BUNDLE!!!"

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Featured Poetry Freebies

Bio Poems Made Easy
Poetry Graphic Organizer
What a Dilemma! Free poem and poetry lesson


More Free Poetry Resources



Featured Book: Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher

Poetry Matters is the most amazing book! Whether you love teaching poetry or the subject makes you feel a little uncomfortable, you need this book! Buy it and read it yourself before you use it with your students, and it will change the way you think about poetry. This is the second year I've used the book with students, and I had the same results both years. Ralph Fletcher speaks to young writers in this book and gets to the heart of what's important in writing poetry. When I read it aloud, my students are captivated by his words, and after just a few chapters they are writing very powerful poems on their own. Some students are finding their voice in writing for the first time this year . . . because poets can break the rules, kids who normally have trouble writing seem to excel in writing free verse.



Poem in Your Pocket DayPoetry Books and Resources
from Kristine O'Connell George

Kristine O'Connell George is another favorite children's author and poet. She writes simple yet beautiful poems that reach out to kids and connect with them. I loved using them as models for poetry writing in the classroom. The books below are some of my favorites from Kristine. Click each title to find it on Amazon.com. You can also visit the Kristine O'Connell George website to find teaching guides and free resources to go with these books.

Several years ago, I was honored to have Kristine share resources and teaching tips with my followers in a guest blog post on Corkboard Connections called Falling In Love With a Poem. Click over to that post to read her suggestions for teaching poetry as well as some resources for Poem in Your Pocket Day which is celebrated every April.

Emma Dilemma The Great Frog Race Swimming Upstream Poetry Book Toasting Marshmallows


Common Core Poetry Book Recommendations for Teachers

Poetry Lessons to Meet Common Core State Standards   Poetry Lessons to Meet Common Core State Standards
by Georgia Heard

This book is a fabulous resource for teachers who want to tie their poetry lessons to Common Core State Standards. It offers a very comprehensive look at how poetry connects with CCSS and includes references to specific anchor standards. It includes loads of detailed lessons for teaching the craft and structure of poetry. I was impressed with just about everything about this book! It's a must-have!
Poetry Friday Anthology  
The Poetry Friday Anthology
compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

The Poetry Friday Anthology includes one poem for each week per grade level, K-5. Each poem is accompanied by suggestions for 5-minute poetry discussions. The Common Core Connections in this book were a bit weak, but I'm recommending it because it's a great anthology for elementary classrooms.



Poetry Teaching ResourcesPoetry Websites and Online Resources


Poetry Multimedia Project - If I Were In Charge of the World

Idea submitted by Radene Girola

Last year one of my newsletter subscribers described a wonderful multimedia project she does with her students. She uses PhotoStory 3 which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft, but other multimedia programs would work as well. Radene has her students take the poem "If I Were in Charge of the World" by Judith Viorst and asks them to rewrite it in their own words and create a PhotoStory. She sent me a sample PhotoStory she created for her students, and I have her permission to post it online. Please be aware that this file requires Windows Media Player, and if you have a Mac you might not be able to view the file. (Download the free VLC player from http://vlc.us.com and that should allow you to view it.) She also sent me her lesson overview. I have omitted the original poem by Judith Viorst due to copyright concerns, but you can order the book from Amazon.com or look for it in your library. Take a look at Radene's sample PhotoStory and prepare to be inspired! This would make a great end-of-the-year project! If you have questions about this activity, feel free to contact Radene at radene.girola@comcast.net.


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