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April is Poetry Month

April 2, 2016

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Poems are like messages in a bottle sent out with little hope of finding a recipient. Those of us who find and read poems become their unknown addresses.

From How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)

by Edward Hirsch Poetry Foundation

As I prepared for today’s post, I again realized I am not as poetic as I would like. I am not as comfortable as I would like to be in my appreciation or teaching of poetry. I know that it is an essential part of who we are. It tells our histories, our dreams, and our secret aspirations, but most importantly it is a creative tool to communicate all of the above.

While we hope that poetry is appreciated in your classroom throughout the year, April is a reminder that our children deserve an opportunity to learn to love poetry.

Poetry is well and alive in our schools. A Milwaukee fourth grader is on her way to the National Poetry Slam in New York. Congratulations Pashia!

Have a great day!

Linda

Resources for Teaching and Appreciating Poetry

Please share  ways you teach poetry in your classroom. Comments are welcome.

Updated and reblogged April 2, 2016 from the original March 30, 2012 post.

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