Poetry Writing ISN’T Just for April

Poetry reading and writing should NOT be brought to the attention of our students only in April.  Poetry has so many positive uses in the classroom and it is often underutilized.  It is the ultimate writing tool that can be integrated into any lesson or unit with ease…and it ain’t just about that lovey-dovey stuff, either!

Poetry is a fun way for students to describe anything and everything they are learning about – from geometry to the industrial revolution, from geology to Jane Austen!  It can be used as a quick assessment to determine student progress, an added element to a class project, or simply as another assignment to strengthen writing skills.  And let’s not leave out social emotional learning topics – writing poetry can also be a great way for students to express their own thoughts, and consider other people’s emotions as well.

 by Thom Smith