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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Poetry a la 21 century!

Villa Emo. From the room of arts. Poetry. Fres...
Villa Emo. From the room of arts. Poetry. Frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
April is POETRY month!  Word mechanics, word play,  songs, and word images all conjure up dreams, stories, and lyrical beauty.  
So take out the classics if you have younger kids; read to them, and get your chicklets moving and clapping to the sounds!  From nursery rhymes, to nonsense poetry, classical and contemporary poetry, let your muse/s be the guide as you share in God's creative inspirations!

Some of my favorite poets for younger students include:
Dr Seuss (my personal best for K-3)

How do our middle and high school students share their poetry a la 21 century learning?  Where does technology complement their presentation methods?

Before you get started, watch this video on the Challenges of Teaching Poetry from poet Billy Collins.

Then get your students excited with the great classics with Famous Classical Poets and their Poems.

Some interesting technology resources:

1.  Teachers get inspired with ways to teach poetry with Poetry for Teachers, from Ted Scheu.

1.   Poetry Idea Engine!  Get your poetry juices flowing with the Poetry Idea Engine, from Scholastic. Created with GoCyberCamp, this activity will allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more!

2.  Make a Glogster and share your poetry as a visual poster.  

3.  Do you have a visual learner?  They might enjoy Piclits, which encourages students to drag and drop images and words to the page to create a poem!

4.  If you have an Ipod, Iphone or Ipad use the Songify app to bring speech to lyrics!  Songify works by recording your speech/poetry and the app will;
  • analyze the speech, segment it into chorus and verses, map it to a melody, align it with the beat and add pitch correction.
  • Songify then plays back what the user said in musical form.

5.  Teaching and Writing Australasian Poetry in the 21 century offers many wonderful options like sharing poetry as songs, video and Glogsters.

6.  Poets.org has lots of great ideas for sharing poetry in different formats!

For more great ideas on poetry check out our HCS website and submerge your loved ones with the joys of word and play!

Happy poetry writing!  Please share your poetry compilations with me to share on our ning or here on the blog!  Share your favourite poets with me too!  I would love to hear from you:)

Blessings to you
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  1. My son in grade 7 is really enjoying the poetry of Rudyard Kipling right now. He also really enjoys the poetry of both Robert Burns and J.R.R. Tolkien. My youngest is enthralled by the poetry of A.A. Milne and also the book "The Gruffalo", which is a book in poem form.

  2. Hi Lisa, I love A.A. Milne and Tolkien. I will check out "The Gruffalo" as I don't know that one. Poetry is such a wonderful way of connecting with kids and nonsense poetry is my favourite! It takes me back to when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you:)


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