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Originality in Poetry

Here are a variety of ways educators can bring poetry into the classroom and into students' daily lives.

Audrey Campbell
Audrey Campbell
To be original and unique,
Whether it's written or when you speak,
Choosing words that rhyme or flow,
Is always a great way to go.

A chance to choose some festive words
(Perhaps some new and some you've heard)
And share them with all the folks around
In your school or in your town.

So, in celebration of poetry
Scroll down and below you'll see:
A collection of resources for modern times
To jumpstart your rhythm and spice up your rhymes.

How can I celebrate poetry in my classroom and beyond? We're glad you asked! Check out the Poetry Foundation for a variety of resources, from online poetry courses to links to poets' websites. The National Education Association (NEA) has great suggestions on Bringing Poetry to the Classroom, Grades 9 - 12. We Are Teachers cultivated a list of 38 Essential Poetry Books for Kids Grades K - 12, which are sure to be a hit at school and at home.

For university students and educators, the Harvard School of Education explores different ways to be a reader and teacher of poetry, while TED offers a terrific collection of TED Talks (and more!) on the topic of the spoken word.

So, now what? Put a poem in your pocket and get going! Poetry has the power to inspire original thinking and unique opportunities for creativity. Find some rhymes, create some free verse magic, and share your favorites with friends and family. The best part? Any day can be Poem in Your Pocket Day: all you need is a poem.

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