Family Partnership

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First ever Family Partnership Poetry Jam

Join us for a night of poetic exploration and fun!

  • Bring your favorite poem (self generated or any poet)
  • Doors open at 5:15 pm. Program will start promptly at 5:30 pm!
  • All grades (K-12), genders, abilities and experiences welcome
  • This event is free!

Family Partnership Poetry Jam

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 5:30pm

3600 Denali Street

Anchorage, AK


5:30 - 5:40 pm - Welcome

5:40 - 6:30 pm - Non-competitive: Free Verse Poetry readings

6:45 - 7:30 pm - Competitive Poetry Slam (individual & team readings)

RESOURCES FOR SELECTING OR WRITING POETRY is produced by the Academy of American Poets. The site was launched in 1996, becoming the original online resource for poems, poets’ biographies, essays about poetry, and resources for K-12 teachers.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Welcome to, the funny poetry playground of children’s author Kenn Nesbitt. Here you will find lots of funny poems and poetry books for children, classic children’s poetry, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary, videos, and lots more.

GigglePoetry, has a fresh look and even more fun features Now there are sixteen poetry categories and hundreds of poems to read. Kids can grade all the poems and see what others think of them, too. Many poems now include comments from the author about what inspired the poem.

Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.

Lesson Plans for creating your own poetry. Great for students in grades 1 - 8.

Find rhymes, synonyms, adjectives, and more!


Preparing for Poetry - A Reader's First Steps: Students are often gleeful to discover that their reading homework involves only a few short poems. Yet the attentive student realizes that carefully reading a poem involves as much work as reading a short story, article, or passage from a novel. Reading through a poem once might count for the letter of the assignment, but certainly not the spirit. A careful review of a poem involves diligent attention to form, language, and technique—all items students are often unprepared to examine on their own. This EDSITEment lesson teaches students how to read a poem so that they are prepared, rather than simply present, for class discussion.

Nervous about reciting? Unsure of where to start? Don’t be—everything you need to help you perform a successful recitation is right here.

Help build confidence through preparation and practice. Students will practice reading and performing their poems in preparation for the Poetry Slam. by: Nicholas Gearing on Better Lesson Plans.


86 classic poems (Longfellow, Shakespeare, Frost, Kipling, etc.) read aloud by professional performers

Develop your fluency by reading aloud. Regular practice can help you become a stronger, more confident communicator in English.

5 Tips for Poetry Performance: Doing Poetry Right with Renee M. LaTulippe


Poetry Slam Coordinators:

Michelle Oliveri -

Andrea Ward -