•  April is National Poetry Month

    National Poetry month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to remind the public that poets play an important role in our culture and that poetry matters. 

    LET'S CELEBRATE TOGETHER

    Below are five different activities to encourage you to enjoy, respond to, or even write your own poetry.  Choose one or more to complete this week.

    1.      JACK PRELUTSKY POETRY

    ONE (all grades):                  

    Enjoy the poetry of JACK PRELUTSKY, our nations first POET LAUREAUTE here: A selection of Poems 

    If you like, you can finish a funny poem here: Poem Starter

    His website is full of FUN THINGS!

    Please share your creations or thoughts with me here: Paulus Padlet. Remember to use your first name only.

    2.     SHEL SIVERSTEIN VIDEOS    

    TWO (all grades):

    Poet SHEL SILVERSTEIN shares his talent for writing and illustrating very funny poems here:  Shel Silverstein

    Scroll down to watch his poetry come to life in videos.

    Tell me which one was your favorite here Paulus Padlet. Remember to use your first name only.

    3.     MEMORIES OF OSAGE SCHOOL LIBRARY

    THREE (all grades)

    Read this wonderful poem, My First Memory (of Librarians) BY NIKKI GIOVANNI, here:  MY FIRST MEMORY 

    Please share your first memory of OSAGE SCHOOL LIBRARY here:   Paulus Padlet 2

     

    4.     WRITE AN ABC POEM

    FOUR (younger students may need some help)

    An ABC poem uses the letters of the alphabet in order to start each line.  I've created the first three lines of a poem about the Corona Virus. Write the next few lines using the letters D, E and F, or start your own ABC poem. Share your creations on this Padlet:    Paulus Padlet 3

    A germ is spreading

    By close contact

    Closed my school

    D......

    E......

    F......

     

    5.     POETRY MACHINE

    FIVE   (younger students may need some help)

    Create your original poem below using Poetry Machine! Click on any of the poetry forms below to create that type of poetry. A star by the title means it is an editor's favorite.  

    Poetry Machine