What are Your National Poetry Month Plans?

April is National Poetry Month. Second to fifth grade teachers, take some time away from state testing and celebrate the art in an one hour interactive distance learning program with author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy has written seven children’s books during her career, and poetry is a medium she often uses. Amy connects to elementary classes over H323 videoconference or Skype — whichever set-up works better for you, the classroom teacher. This videoconference is $195 for non-New Links members, and for New Links members, it’s just $155. To schedule a distance learning program with Amy in April, or at any other time, please contact Rebecca Morrison.

More about Inside a Poet’s Mind:  Amy E. Sklansky gives students a peek inside the mind of a poet. Sharing poems from her own books, she discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration. Then she gives examples of the ways a poet may revise her work – emphasizing concepts such as word choice, line breaks, action verbs, and punctuation. She encourages students to write a poem on their own during the videoconference using the same process. If a second grade teacher would like to participate, the program would be shortened to 45 minutes and would not include the interactive poetry writing.

Just some of the Common Core Standards met by this program:
• RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
• W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
• SL.3.3. Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
• RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
• SL.5.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners

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One thought on “What are Your National Poetry Month Plans?

  1. Poetry can be fun. Poetry can be serious. Poetry can be full of fact or feeling. Kids are open to it all and I love sharing poetry with them. Besides, April is no longer the cruelest month — it’s National Poetry Month!

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