Packing Poetry into Power Lunch

April is National Poetry Month, but Everybody Wins is gearing up now so Reading Mentors and students can have plenty of time to read poetry and create some of their own poems to share!

Why poetry? Playing with words and exploring rhythm and rhyme help to build and strengthen kids’ reading skills and boost reading and learning fun! Kids delight in having words dance and tickle their tongues when you read poetry together. And using poems to practice fluency builds speed and skill naturally.

Poetry also has the power to evoke emotions in a way that ordinary prose doesn’t. Writing poetry give students the freedom to say what they want to say—to themselves or to the world.

We’re hoping that students and Reading Mentors find poetry to be a great way to explore interests, find their voices, and share their experiences. These resources may help:

And we’re excited that former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is the keynote speaker at our Annual Gala on April 25! What a great way to celebrate all our Power Lunch poets!