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Poem a Day

Teach Poetry Year round, expose kids to poetry everyday- Poetry 180

Lesson Plans

  • Put a poem on the pavement: Go a step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk. Use brightly colored chalk to attract attention to your work, and add drawings or artistic flourishes to create some extra fun.

  • Recite a poem to family and friends: Often times, children will act out a play for others to enjoy, so why not do the same with a poem? Dress up as your favorite author and read a collection of their pieces for all to enjoy!

  • Put poetry in an unexpected place: Put a poem on a plate as a nice surprise when you finish your meal. Leave a note on the keyboard and start your day off with some words of wisdom. Wherever you choose, know there’s never a bad place for poetry.

  • Watch a poetry movie: Many movies are based on poetry or feature poetry, and it’s a great time to pay homage with some screen time. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (and all other Dr. Seuss movies), and Disney’s Mulan are both based on a poem. There are also plenty of documentaries for you to watch on famous poets.

  • Visit a poetry landmark: No matter where in the country you live, a poetry landmark is nearby. Whether it’s the birthplace of a contemporary poet, the site of a single poem’s inspiration, or the plot of a poet’s grave, visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to honor their life and work.

  • Write a letter to a poet: Many poets will post their contact information on their websites or blogs, or you can get in touch with the poet’s publisher. Even if the poet in question is unavailable or deceased, the gesture of writing a letter can bring you closer to his or her work.

  • Favorite Poem Project - The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.

National Poetry Month

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day- -Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Lesson Idea

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets made the initiative national, encouraging individuals across the country to join in and channel their inner bard. Video

Additional Resources

Types of Poetry

Young Writers

Background Resources

Poems for Multiple Voices An annotated bibliography of poetry for 2, 3, and 4 voices.

National Poetry Month (Reading Rockets)
Learn more about well-loved children’s poets with video interviews, and discover new authors, books and anthologies for K-5.

Celebrate National Poetry Month (Scholastic)
Webcasts, lessons, poetry prompts from well-known poets help inspire your young poets, for K-12.

Poetry (National Council of Teachers of English)
K-12 lessons and exercises, themed journals, and galleries of writing.

Find Poetry (Poets.org)
Browse poems in archive by title, first line, author last name or by occasion, for K-12.

Poems & Poets (Poetry Foundation)
A multi-approach search tool for poetry, for K-12.

Children’s Poetry (Poetry Foundation

Poets.org 30 ways to Celebrate



Books of Children's Poetry

Emma Dilemma
The Great Frog Race Swimming Upstream
Toasting Marshmallows

FLocabulary Poetry

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day: The idea is simple: select a poem you love then carry it with you ,sharing it with family and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the #pocketpoem.

Read a book of poetry: Don’t know where to begin? Start browsing on poets.org with their Find a Poet and Find a Poem sections and see what strikes you. You can also visit the Poems for Every Occasion section for mini-anthologies of poems grouped thematically or listen to recordings of poets people reading their own work in the Poetry Audio Archive. You can even travel in time and read the oldest written poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh from Babylon which is about 4,000 years old or the oldest poem in English, Beowulf, written in the 8th century AD.

Teach this Poem- K-12 Poetry Lesson

Teacher Poetry Resources

Favorite Poem Project - The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.

Scholastic - Poetry Month and Poetry Unit

ReadWriteThink- Poetry

ReadingRockets- Poetry

Audio and Video


Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show: Video


Audio & Podcasts (Poetry Foundation)
Readings of poems and interviews with poets.


FLocabulary Poetry

Daffodils by Wordsworth, Read by Dave Matthews

The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams

Dolphins Learn to Spin

Grand Slam Poetry Champion- TED Talk

Famous Poets for Kids