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:
- Poetry booklists: recommendations from Reading Rockets
- Poems Kids Like: a selection of poems from the Academy of American Poets
- A Selection of Jack’s Poems: select poems by Jack Prelutsky, the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate
- Help a Child Write a Poem from ReadWriteThink
- Writing Poetry with English Language Learners from Colorin Colorado
- Writing a Two-Voice Poem from Everybody Wins DC