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National Poetry Day

poetry tipsOct. 6th, 2016 is National Poetry Day in the UK (America celebrates Poetry Month in April so I may be back on this topic then). I don’t write poetry. You can see in this list of how-to-write-poetry tips why. In short, it requires too much thought for my brain–you have to put so much meaning into jsut a few words. But, I follow several poets who I think are excellent. For example:

If you write poetry on a computer or would like to share it with friends, here are some great sites you might like to visit (remember: I teach K-8 so my resources tend to focus on that age group):

  1. Classical Poems for Kids
  2. Crocodile’s Toothache–video of a Shel Silverstein poem
  3. Famous Children’s Poems
  4. Favorite Poem Project
  5. Fizzy Funny Fuzzy Poetry
  6. Giggle Poetry
  7. Glossary of Poetry Terms
  8. Kids Magnetic Poetry
  9. Magnetic Haiku poetry
  10. Poetry Engine—writes poem for you
  11. Poetry for Kids
  12. Poetry Splatter--choose a title and create the poem with words that are splattered on the page
  13. Poets reading their own poetry–from the National Archives
  14. Rhyming Dictionary–find words that rhyme for poetry
  15. Shaped Poems–fun
  16. Shel Silverstein’s poetry website
  17. TED: Why Poetry (video)
  18. Word Mover--create poetry using pieces of existing poems

If you’re an iPad person, try these:

  1. Diamante Poemspoet
  2. Acrostic Poems (iPad, Android – Free)
  3. Poems by Heart From Penguin Classics (iPad – Free with in-app purchases)
  4. Shakespeare’s Sonnets (iPad – fee)
  5. Visual Poetry – Word Collage (iPad – fee)
  6. POETRY From The Poetry Foundation (iPad, Android – Free)
  7. Haiku Poem (iPad, Android – Free)
  8. Poetry Magazine (iPad – Free)
  9. Theme Poems (Free – iPad, Android)
  10. Word Mover app for iPad

What are you going to do to celebrate National Poetry Day?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


32 thoughts on “National Poetry Day

  1. I wouldn’t have believed there were so many poetry sites out there: you have done a great job listing them here. I sometimes wonder (quite often, in fact) where you get your energy. ‘Indefatigable’ comes close to covering it.

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    • Poetry is quite big in elementary school (and beyond) so I’ve created a robust list to share with students and teachers. What surprised me is how many blogging poets there are. Very impressive.


  2. Wonderful list of poetic resources, Jacqui, I’m going to check these out closer. I don’t write much poetry myself but do enjoy reading them. For the actual day itself I revisited one of my favourites on my blog and indulged in exploring past ones on the Internet.

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