Of course, this is also the month that poets everywhere dress up their blogs and celebrate poetry with a monthly challenge. As a teacher, if you're looking for a little inspiration, a mentor poem, or poetry your students will love, here are a few sites that might be perfect for your exploration:
|The Poem Farm|
The Poem Farm: Each day, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is sharing a poem about Orion written using a different technique. Her poetry month challenge is to write about one subject thirty different ways. Each day she highlights a new technique, shares her poem, and reflects on the process.
|A Year of Reading|
A Year of Reading: Mary Lee Hahn has decided to take on the challenge of writing a golden shovel poem each day this month using a student selected quote. I've been absolutely fascinated by the process and challenge of writing a shovel poem. A daily stop by A Year of Reading will certainly give you and your students much to ponder, and a daily dose of wondrous words.
|Live Your Poem|
Live Your Poem: For the last several years I have been following Irene Latham's April ARTSPEAK challenge. Each day, you can stop by Irene's blog for a poem inspired by a piece of art. This year, Irene's poetry is focused on art from the Harlem Renaissance. I'm learning a lot as I follow her journey.
Carol's Corner: This year, Carol has decided to write a poem each day about the life of a reader. As teachers working to help our students build a reading life, I am enjoying looking at reading from so many angles. What a great way to have our communities consider their reading lives. A stop by her blog is also a smart reminder that we can take one topic and write about it in so many ways.
|Check It Out|
Check It Out: There's nothing better than student poetry. If you find yourself in need of a mentor poem this month, you might want to stop by Jone MacCulloch's blog. She's sharing a student poem each day during the month of April. Oh, my heart. I love student poetry.
Other Poetry Links:
- Jama's Alphabet Soup: 2018 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Event Roundup (more poetry month possibility)
- The Poem Farm: Drawing into Poems (Amy's 2013 poetry challenge was one of my favorites to help students write poetry.)
- Writing the World: A Little Haiku (if you just want a little Haiku, Laura Purdie Salas, has one each day for you.)
- Tyler Knott Gregson: This one is just for you. Tyler Knott Gregson shares his poetry on Instagram and Twitter. He has two books out, and shares is poetry almost daily on his site. It's one of my favorite stops.