5 Tips for Teaching Poetry


April is National Poetry Month and I am here for it! Poetry is something that is not typically embedded in the curriculum all year long, yet exploring poetry with your class provides numerous learning opportunities. It opens the door to new reading and writing experiences that your students may have not tried out before. The more exposure that you and your students have to poetry, the better. If you feel like teaching poetry is scary, it doesn’t have to be!

As you may be able to tell, I love poetry so much! Through my experiences I have found that giving my students intentional exposure to poetry helped so much when it came to state testing. While test prep is always a good thing, there are many other benefits as well. Poetry is meant to be creative and exploratory, so have a little fun with it!

In this episode I share:
  • 5 simple tips for teaching poetry
  • The many benefits of teaching poetry
  • Various ways you can incorporate poetry in your classroom daily
  • Suggestions of famous poets to explore
  • Key features of poetry to teach such as metaphors, similes, line breaks, and repetition
  • My favorite common forms of poetry 

Are YOU ready to celebrate National Poetry Month with your class? I’d love to see and hear about what you’re working on. Send me a DM on Instagram @missps_style and tell me all about it!

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I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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