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

Featured Poetry Articles

  • 6 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Fall

    April is National Poetry Month, so it comes as no surprise that many teachers wait until then to teach poetry. But if you ask me…
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  • Buddy Bio Poems: Partner Poetry Writing

    Imagine yourself in a new classroom during the first week of school. Unless your teacher starts..
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  • How to Teach Poetry, Step by Step (It’s Easier Than You Think!)

    When you saw those words, what was your first reaction? Come on now, be honest!…
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  • Poetry: A Common Core Dilemma

    Believe it or not, teaching kids to love to write poetry is easy. It’s a matter of finding the right poetry books…
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More Free Poetry Resources

  • Click HERE to watch a free replay!

    Spring is a great time of year to introduce your students to the magic of poetry! In this webinar, Laura Candler explains exactly how to teach a complete poetry unit, step by step. After implementing these strategies, 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!

    Download the handouts here to see what’s covered in this session, and read testimonials from teachers who attended the live webinar.

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Featured Poetry Articles


Falling in Love with a Poem

Have you ever fallen in love with . . . a poem? One of my first loves was tall and thin with a rhythmic, thoughtful voice. There was a touch of mystery… READ MORE

6 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Fall

Teaching poetry in the fall fosters an appreciation for precise and powerful language early in the school year… READ MORE

Poetry: A Common Core Dilemma

Believe it or not, teaching kids to love to write poetry is easy. It’s a matter of finding the right poetry books to share and providing time to write about… READ MORE

How to Teach Poetry (It’s Easier Than You Think)

No matter how you feel about poetry, if you’re an upper elementary teacher, you probably have to teach it at some point during the year… READ MORE

Buddy Bio Poems: Partner Poetry Writing

It can be challenge to find meaningful icebreakers that don’t feel like a complete waste of time… READ MORE

Candler’s Classroom Connections

Awesome freebies and resources for elementary educators!

Common Core Poetry Book Recommendations for Teachers



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. 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.

Emma Dilemma

Emma Dilemma by Kristine O’Connell George

Toasting Marshmallows

Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O’Connell George

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.


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