National Poetry Month: Writing Poetry - National Council of Teachers of English
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National Poetry Month: Writing Poetry

rebusHelp students recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing poetry, and you’ll also enable the students to become more familiar with the meaning of words and sentences, sentence structure, rhymes, and vocabulary. Plus, in writing poetry, students will discover a new, limitless world of expression that’s just as fun to share with others as it is to create. Try out some of these lesson plans and resources from

Encourage creativity and word play by helping a child recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing one in this Tip & How To written for families.

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme” encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

Students create poetry collections with the theme of “getting to know each other” in this lesson plan. They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

After reading a book or magazine, children and teens can choose a section and transform it into what’s known as a “found poem” in “Finding Poetry in Pleasure Reading“.

In “The ABCs of Poetry” students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.

Using an online tool, students summarize papers they have written using the traditional format of a haiku in “Summarizing with Haikus“.

What poetry writing activities do your students enjoy?