5 Ways to Focus on Reading During National Poetry Month


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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? This is a genre that your students will love to explore! This week, we are going to dive into ways that you can incorporate poetry into your school day that promotes reading.

These ideas can be embedded into your daily schedule or you can give Poetry Month its own special block. If you’re anything like me you love any and everything that promotes reading! 

National Poetry Month truly comes at the perfect time of the year. Routines are established, they’ve recovered from the holiday break, and they’ve worked hard learning literacy skills for more than six months now.

Let’s be honest, it’s testing season and there’s truly no better time for them to be able to explore their creativity. There’s no better time to make reading fun while still practicing those important skills you’ve been teaching.

I find it so important for students to be creative and engage in literacy activities other than read alouds or independent reading. My ideas involve illustrating, peer reading groups and connecting with other classes. These activities can be done while truly focusing on strengthening their understanding of vocabulary, comparing and contrasting, figurative language, and more. 

There are many reading skills that lend themselves well to poetry, so do not miss the chance to go deeper on those skills, or spiral them into your teaching throughout that specific month. Poetry has so many unique characteristics compared to novels that can create a motivating atmosphere for your students. 

One important thing I have to mention is that the best part about these tips and ideas are that they are not only simple to organize but also free or low-cost to teachers. That’s always my mission! I will share times of the day you can try these activities as well as options for materials. There are so many ways to make poetry interesting and most importantly fun! 

In this episode on National Poetry Month, I share:
  • Five ideas that focus on reading when aligned with poetry
  • Tips for finding poems that you want to share with your students
  • Ways to make reading poetry fun for your students
  • Ideas that cultivate community and interaction with other classes
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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

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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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