National Poetry Month is coming in April, and if you’re eager to integrate poetry into your classroom, Stenhouse Publishers has created a free poetry sampler with lessons and classroom material that might help. The e-book covers teaching resources for K-12 classrooms and references texts that range from nursery rhymes to Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou.
Starting this week, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of Poetry Mentor Texts, will also blog for Stenhouse about integrating poetry into classrooms. Their posts will include lessons on using strong verbs to create an image and using your senses to recall and write about a memory. According to Stenhouse, five more poetry posts will follow in April.
In news closer to home, Education Week Teacher recently pulled together a package on teaching with the common-core standards that has been getting some attention. As part of the package, Francesca Duffy took a look at how teachers are making sure that teaching poetry isn’t lost amidst all the instructional demands created by the new standards. According to Mary Lee Hahn, an elementary school teacher whom Duffy spoke with, even five minutes a week spent on a small activity can help keep the genre alive for students.
Image: Robert Frost (1941), by Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer. Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-120742
A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.