Poems about Poetry

Learners of all ages hear the words “Today we’re going to start poetry” and begin their plans to drop out of school. It is not the teacher's fault! Use this resource to help young scholars understand the genre of poetry and why it is important. Your young poets develop their ideas from multiple poets. Then they produce visual documents and writing projects that expand the activity. There is a lot of material here, so it is easy to select what would work best for you and your poets.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson to introduce a unit on poetry and poets during April's Poetry Month
  • Review the rules for debate before assigning the Poets Debate activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors must provide the OpEd piece for groups to critique
  • Requires copies of the three poems
  • Includes three suggested activities, discussion questions, and a vocabulary list
  • None