Featured Resources for Teachers

April is National Poetry Month

Poets.org is a rich & robust website full of resources for students and teachers to explore this April for National Poetry Month.


The following list contains links to articles of interest on how to celebrate National Poetry Month both at home with family and online in Virtual Classrooms:


Sign-up for Poem-a-Day
 and read a poem each morning.

Sign-up to receive a free National Poetry Month poster, or download the PDF, and display it for the occasion.

Read last year’s most-read poem, Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness.”

Record yourself reading a poem, and share why you chose that work online using the hashtag #ShelterinPoems. Be sure to tag @poetsorg on twitter and instagram!

Subscribe to the Poem-a-Day podcast.

Check out an e-book of poetry from your local library.

Begin your virtual meetings or classes by reading a poem.

Talk to the teachers in your life about Teach This Poem.

Learn more about poets and virtual poetry events in your state.

Read about your state poet laureate.

Browse Poems for Kids.

Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.

Make a poetry playlist.

Browse the glossary of terms and try your hand at writing a formal poem.

Create an online anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.

Organize a poetry reading, open mic, or poetry slam via a video conferencing service. 

Sign up for an online poetry class or workshop.

Donate books of poetry to little free libraries and mutual aid networks.

Research and volunteer with poetry organizations in your area.

Take a walk and write a poem outside.

Start a virtual poetry reading group or potluck, inviting friends to share poems.

Write an exquisite corpse or a renga with friends via email or text. 

Take on a guerrilla poetry project in your building. 

Read essays about poetry like Edward Hirsch’s “How to Read a Poem,” Mary Ruefle’s “Poetry and the Moon,” Mark Doty’s “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now,” and Muriel Rukeyser’s “The Life of Poetry.”

Watch a movielecture, or video featuring a poet.

Read and share poems about the environment in honor of Earth Day.

Make a poetry chapbook.

Submit your poems to a literary magazine or poetry journal.

Make a poem to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2020.

Make a gift to support the Academy of American Poets free programs and publications and keep celebrating poetry year-round!


Other Resources…

E-BOOKS PLATFORM FOR THE CLASSROOM

E-books for classroom activities are available on epic.com. This a FREE resource for teachers and librarians that pairs well with Google Classroom.

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Visit hippocampus.org to access FREE videos in a variety of content areas.

150 ONLINE RESOURCES

Here is an extensive list of resources you can use during the shutdown. You may have already explored some of these on your own.


Using the Library Database for Collections

The following YouTube video shows how you can build a collection using our library databases. This allows you or your students to curate resources for lessons and exploration activities. To enter Destiny Discover, your username and password is the same as what you would use to log in to a school computer. Happy Searching!


Using Google Voice to Communicate w/Students & Parents

BELOW is a document created a teacher who is a virtual instructor. She shares instructions on how to set up Google Voice if you need it. Google Voice is an online telephone. I’ve had one for years and it is an excellent way to communicate with parents, if you don’t have other options to chose from.