Poetry is celebrated across America in April – National Poetry Month provides a wonderful platform to celebrate this often overlooked literary form. Although Australia hasn’t officially promoted a similar celebration, 2016 sees the start of something good. Check out the Arts Hub and their NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). The classroom is a great place to involve students in the NaPoWriMo challenge: kick-start a daily writing habit and write poems that ponder important questions like: “What’s a cinquain? How do you curate a piece of found poetry? Can you write a love poem without using the word ‘love’?” Check out these National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students for inspiration.
Head to the library to collect some resources to get you started – books on how to write poems and books with poems to read – verse to make you weep, laugh, ponder, question and explore our world and our lives. Have a look at what’s available.
Find out more about the 4 reasons to start class with a poem each day (Vogelsinger, 2016, March 11) listed in the video. And if sustaining the momentum for a month is just too big a project for you to tackle this year, then participating in a Poem in Your Pocket Day is a great start to build interest for 2017!