April—National Poetry Month and lots of resources to celebrate in your classroom. “National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.” (Academy of American Poets)
Reading, writing, listening to, performing, and memorizing favorites are just a few of the entry points for experiencing poetry in the classroom. Nancie Atwell tells us that poetry can be about anything; surprise us, make us think, help us remember what matters, connect heart and mind to heart and mind; tap our senses and light our imaginations; tell stories; craft feelings as art; and “open our eyes to the poems that hide around us.”
And don’t forget—Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. Celebrate poetry this month and always in the classroom in order to help yourself and your students honor words on the page and commemorate what matters most in their lives and worlds.
“When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. ”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor
May the Poetry Muses be with you, Karyn Gloden, NCRA Vice-President
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