teaching poetry to students

National Poetry Month | Poet-to-Poet Project

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove

There’s more to poetry than rhyming and crafting “Roses are red, violets are blue” poems. Poetry is a form of written expression, which consists of words arranged in patterns of sound and imagery to evoke an emotional response. There are also positive benefits of teaching poetry to students. In Edutopia’s “Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools,” the author suggests reading and writing poetry promotes literacy, builds community and fosters emotional intelligence. For National Poetry Month, bring poetry to life by participating in the Poet-to-Poet project by Poets.org.

National Poetry Month - Teaching Poetry to Students


Poet-to-Poet is a multimedia project that encourages children and youth in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by award-winning poets, such as Pulitzer Prize-nominee Ron Padgett and Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera. If chosen, student poems may be published on Poets.org in May 2014.

To participate in the project, students must:

  • Watch the videos of the poets reading and discussing their poem.
  • Write their own poem in response.
  • Email their poem to [email protected] by April 30, 2014, and include their name and the name of the poet who inspired their poem.

Poets.org also provided a series of Common Core aligned activities for educators to incorporate poetry into the classroom or afterschool program. To join the project, visit http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/639.

How do you plan to celebrate National Poetry Month in your classroom or afterschool program? Share with us below!