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National Poetry Month

posted Jun 7, 2010, 7:56 PM by Bonnie Thurber

Whether it be a sonnet or a cinquain, we encourage students to share their literary work and discuss it with one another. Students can use this project to develop their poetry knowledge and writing skills by sharing and discussing poems they have written, narriated and/or illustrated (optional) in an online Poetry Month community.
The iCollaboratory invites all K-12 students to participate in Poetry Month Project.
  • Take a Poetry Survey - April 2-9
    Students learn more about other participants in the project by taking a survey on their familiarity with poetry and what they like about it.
    • View Poetry Survey results after April 9, 2009.
  • Select a Poem Type - April 2-15
    Students select the type of poem and the subject matter for the poem they would like to write.
    • Poems come in all shapes and sizes. Some poems rhyme and some don't. Some are very long and some are very short. Review the different types of poems in the Types of Poetry Cybrary and think about the who, what, where, when and why you would like to write about and what kind of poem would be appropriate for your subject.
  • Write a Poem - April 2-21
    Students write, revise and complete a poem with the style and subject matter of their choice.
    • Now that you have decided what you want to write about and what type of poem structure you will use, you can write your poem! Don't worry about making it perfect. Just get your ideas out. Use your iCollaboratory Classroom account or your iCollaboratory personal account to write your poem and link it to your iCollaboratory Poetry Project home page. You can always edit it later.
  • Share and Comment on Poetry - April 21-30
    Students submit their poems to a gallery of poetry by fellow participants and discuss each others poems.
  • Interactive Map - April 21-May 30
    • An interactive map will display where all the burgeoning poets are getting their muse.
The poetry project activities listed above are designed to take about one hour a week in a school computer lab or on set of classroom computers. Teachers should also plan on spending an hour a week of classroom time besides the computer time. Students who get involved spend more time writing, sharing and discussing poetry.