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7 National Poetry Month Apps and Websites

April 6, 2017

It’s April! I can’t believe we’re already in the fourth month of the year, but that means it is National Poetry Month! If you’re looking for National Poetry Month apps and poetry websites you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list of favorite tools and resources you can use this month. In addition to creating this list I added a few ideas for how you can use each one to with different activities.

Remember, it’s all about #TasksBeforeApps – putting the learning first. So as you skim this list think about your goals for students during poetry month. Some tools work well for specific learning objectives while others are open-ended creation tools perfect for publishing poetry no matter what you focused on during your unit on poetry. If you have a favorite poetry resource missing from this list, scroll to the bottom of the page to leave a comment!

7 National Poetry Month Apps and Websites

  • The team at LearnZillion has plenty of resources to bring into your classroom. This includes videos that introduce concepts like theme and stanza. So if you’re not quite sure where to start, check out these video clips and lessons that let you search by keywords. Here a link to just a few of their poetry resources.
  • Last week I shared tips for using Buncee in the library and it’s perfect for National Poetry Month. Check out the post here. It’s a great tool for sharing poetry creations. If you’re students post them to social media, use the hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth or #npm17.
  • The Academy of American Poets has a YouTube channel with readings of poetry from lots of different poets. It’s not the only YouTube channel featuring poetry but it a very full resource with plenty to choose from this month.
  • Nearpod has lots of poetry lessons and you can check them all out here. You can introduce students to poems like “The Raven” or “Casey at Bat” in addition to skill-building interactive lessons.
  • Acrostic Poems is a tool from ReadWriteThink works on mobile devices and the web. Students can create their own acrostic poems using this tool as a guide.
  • Spark Post is a favorite creation tool and perfect for capturing favorite lines from poems and turning them in graphics or memes. Here are a couple ideas to get started with Spark Post as you search for inspiration. This is a perfect tool for social sharing because you can resize your images to fit Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more.
  • Haiku Poems from ReadWriteThink is another resource for creating poems with some extra help. This tool will help kids count out syllables and gives plenty of inspiration and support.

Do you have a favorite National Poetry Month resource? Share it in the comments below!

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