April 2012 marks the 14th year that Poetry Month has been celebrated throughout Canada. I’ll share here the links I’ve collected as I surf around for ideas to share with teachers or program in my library.
PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES
Young Poets.ca is a project of The League of Canadian Poets. April 15-21 has been set aside for young people to share and have their poetry critiqued by established mentors online. Check out their ezine, forums and Teacher’s Lounge.
Giggle Poetry: Hundreds of Poems to Read and Rate – how to’s, poetry theatre, fill-in-the-blank poems and more.
Lesson Plans, Tips for Teachers and Tips for Librarians from The Academy of American Poets
Book Spine Poetry at 100 Scope Notes. Ms. B. did the activity with Grade 1 students!
“I Am” Prompts for Poetry and Ducking Under the Caution Tape: Approachable Poems from the Visual Thesaurus Teachers at Work column.
ETTC has “New and Improved Poetry Forms” for more fill-in-the-blank fun.
Drag and drop words in PicLits to create a poem (might be fun on a Smart Board)
POEMS & ANTHOLOGIES
Canadian and international Poetry link list from McClelland & Stewart
Poetry Portal – A directory of international poetry online
Find transcriptions of “roughly 7000 works by about 800 poets” indexed by subject, author and title at Poets Corner, works for children are here.
A collection of “…50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love” can be found at the Favorite Poem Project.
Poetry links at Curriculum Services Canada
Online Songs & Poetry for Children, part of the Children’s Literature Web Guide from the University of Calgary
Poets preform their own work at BBC Poetry Out Loud
Click on the image above for an activity page from Ted Nellen’s Cyber English on Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Less Taken’ including several audio and one video version.