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Websites to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Jacqui Murray

 

April is National Poetry Month. For 30 days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets, the goals of National Poetry Month are to:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry.
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways.
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media.
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books.
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry.

All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families celebrate by reading, writing, and sharing poetry. Here are 15 websites that do all that and more. Share them with students on a class link page like the class Internet start page, Symbaloo, or another method you've chosen to share groups of websites with students: 

Acrostic Poems

From ReadWriteThink -- students learn about acrostic poetry and how to write it.

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Cinquain Poems

Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) helps students write cinquain poetry.

Classical Poems for Kids

A collection of classical poems for children, ranging from fun and lively to solemn and thought-provoking.

Crocodile's Toothache”


Video of a popular Shel Silverstein poem.

Famous Children's Poems

Classical children's poetry, including “Tyger,” “Teddy Bear,” “Paul Revere's Ride” and more.

Favorite Poem Project

Americans sharing poetry they love. This includes videos of poems being read, including Frost's “Stopping by a Wood on a Snowy Evening.”

Fizzy Funny Fuzzy Poetry

An easy-to-maneuver website with fizzy funny fuzzy poetry by Gareth Lancaster.

Giggle Poetry

This collection of fun poetry also includes poetry theatre and games.

Glossary of Poetry Terms

Great collection of poetry terms that students can refer to. Includes terms like blank verse, caesura, limerick and more.

Instant Poetry—Fill in the Blanks

A fun way to create instant poetry.

Kids Magnetic Poetry

Students drag and drop from a collection of words to a canvas, name their poem, then publish to Facebook or save it to student's digital portfolio.

Magnetic Haiku Poetry

A great way to write this ever-popular form of poetry. Can be printed directly from the site.

Magnetic Poetry—Big Collection

One of the largest word collections I've seen. It shows how many people are playing with you. Must be saved with a screen shot.

Musical Poem—Write Poem, Add Music

Students write their poem and it is put to music available on the website. Can only be saved via screencast.

Poetry Engine—Writes a Poem for You

Step-by-step directions for writing a poem. Allows students to write haikus, free verse, limericks and more.

Poetry for Kids

A funny poetry playground funny poetry playground from Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt.

Poetry Splatter

Choose a title and create the poem with words that are splattered on the page.

Rhyming Dictionary

Find words that rhyme for poetry.

Shaped Poems -- Fun

Fun website that walks students through the creation of a poem in a shape. One of my students' favorites.

Shel Silverstein's Poetry Website

Poems, books, games and more.

TED: Why Poetry

The Griffin Poetry Prize founder, Scott Griffin, talks about the importance of poetry.

Word Mover

Create poetry using pieces of existing poems.

Write Poetry and Decorate It

Select words, add a background, and share your poem.

What are your favorite poetry websites?

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.