I don’t have a lot of experience with junior high students, and so I’m not going to tell you what you should do to teach your middle school class or your kids in your home school about poetry during National Poetry Month 2010. And I’m in Florida on vacation, so I am looking at this post as more of a guide for anyone who wants some great resources for April, poetry month, and teaching kids poetry (especially junior high students). That’s right, I’m going to let someone else tell you what to do for once.
So, here you go:
A great and wonderful resource that you should be viewing (if you’re not) is Bright Hub (www.brighthub.com). Bright Hub has hundreds of educational articles and lesson plans on all sorts of subjects from K-12, preschool, special education, and language learning. But I digress–back to junior high poetry.
There’s a series of articles on there by Trent Lorcher about teaching poetry and sharing poems with older students. Here are three of the articles and links:
At the bottom of each one of these articles, there are other links to articles about poetry for older students. Like I said, Bright Hub is a wonderful resource for teachers, parents, and home schoolers.
You could also try consulting an “anti-poetry textbook,” meaning it’s not dull like normal poetry textbooks. This book below gets rave reviews on Amazon, and it has won some indie contests for YA. So, check it out. You might just reach some tweens and teens with it!
National Poetry Month 2010 is almost here. Are you ready? BTW, if you have a great poetry idea or exercise for junior high or senior high level students, please share it with us here. Same for resources! Thanks!