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Some other resources below. Also, see these websites for source materials as well as our own video directory of poetry and poetry in the classroom video page. Also now available - Billy Collins video poem and ebook.


Spoken Verse youtube channel.

Billy Collins channel of animated poems.

Poem Hunter:  Get poems on a particular subject / topic (click them on the left). Print and use in class. 

PBS Favorite poem. Regular people read a poem.

Poetry workshop handout / ideas

Love That Dog: a great book introducing poetry, with audio


These grammar poems are great for getting students to practice vocabulary, write and present.

First do one on the board together for whatever topic. Then distribute the worksheets.

The students make a rough copy. Once edited and checked - give them another copy (or just print the handout double sided) and they can make a final copy and decorate.

Finally, have them read and present the best ones. Hang them on the class/school walls!

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Using poetry in class really works! Andrea Honigsfeld has a nice article of many techniques for doing this with ELLs (see attached.). Also, I've added another document outlining poetry options for teachers.

Also, diamante poems (Read Write Think has a great description) are also good to use. Much like Grammar poems, they are more focused, consisting of seven lines. Like the following...

Fireball Noun
Brilliant, beautiful 2 Adjectives
Flashing, shining, dashing 3 Verbs
Bright, wondrous, black, nothing 4 words
Staring, hoping, missing 3 Verbs
Deep, quiet 2 Adjectives

Darkness. Noun


One other very simple technique is word association.

1. Give students slips of paper
2. Ask them to finish a sentence and write it on the slip of paper (or just a word they think of in relation to a word you give)
3. Collect the slips and read them as a poem!
4. After, write out on chart paper or hang from string and display!

Give different groups different sentence starters or Topic words.

Here is one for W.H.Auden's Funeral blues. 


Students watch the video. Study the poem. Then make their own using Auden's structure. Recite for the class. 


Love grammar poem


Here are some resources for using Billy Collins poems. See Dharma here.


Some more general resources for teaching poetry and some ideas...


Here is a nice ebook for video poems by Billy Collins    HERE. 


This Bukowski poem is great for listening practice and discussion about writing. You might get students to write their own poem rewrite called "So You Want To Be A _____________."   They write in statements like Bukowski's about a career/job. 


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Cinquain poems are fun for students to write and share in class. This ppt explains how to make them and then students can get writing and sharing!  Here too is a handout from Read Write Think. 


Acrostic poems are cool!  Very easy to explain to students and interesting. A nice idea is to use the student's name and make a Name Poem. But good for reviewing any topic you are covering. 

Students can even write acrostic poems online. 


This poster has some nice possible activities for poetry. 

This might make a good student reading activity.

First read and then a second time, read from the bottom to the top.


A very famous poem of W.H. Auden - Funeral Blues. 

Can use as a poetry lesson or also as a part of a lesson about love / Valentines. 

Students first try to put the rhyming pairs into the poem. Listen with the mp3 version to see if correct. Discuss the poem. 

Lastly, students can make their own version by rewriting the poem using the rewrite sheet. Present the poems in class.

Students can study the book on GifLingua.  Teachers, register and download the book as a ppt for offline use in class.  

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