April is Poetry/Writing Month!

Welcome to National Poetry Month!  To celebrate the love of writing we have a poetry competition happening on HCS Ning for students in both elementary and high school.  To find out more about the poetry competition check this group page here.  If you are not a member of Ning contact Erin Duncan our Ning moderator for your invite.  Ning is open to all students 13 years and older.

Coming soon in May we are also hosting a digital writing workshop with Shelley Wright.  Stay tuned for more information!

Spring is here and it is such a wonderful time to explore poetry and creative writing with your students. What a wonderful way to connect with the poets of the past and present and to learn more about creation, love, joy, pain, praise and hope through verse. Poetry can be everything from silly to serious! From structured to free! Enjoy exploring Poetry for your students and maybe even for yourself 😉

We have many great resources in Overdrive for your poetry studies:

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Curriculum Resources:

Writing Poetry with Elementary Poets by School Rules

Writing Poetry with Children by Evan Moor

Poetry Patterns and Themes by Evan Moor

Easy Teach Poetry Unit by Created by MrHughes

Poetry Writing Handbook by Greta Barclay Lipson

Poetry Writing and Literary Devices by Endeavours in Education

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Poetry Books:

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble

Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell

Evangeline and other Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Fredrick by Leo Lionni

Going Home by Marianne Berkes

Hungry for Math by Kari-Lynn Walters

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem by Lisa Bullard

The Noon Balloon by Margaret Wise Brown

Ocean Soup by Stephen R. Swinburne

Other Goose by J. Otto Seibold

Our Big Home by Linda Glaser

Over in the Jungle by Marianne Berkes (and Over in Australia and Over in the Forest)

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Sylvia Long

When We Very Young by A.A. Milne (wonderful for early learning)

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Wired by Anastasia Suen

Our Weblinking Library  has many links for learning more about poetry! There are links on Poetry, Poets, Writing Poetry, Poetry Forms and much more!

Learn 360  and Discovery Education have a variety of videos available at all levels for learning about poetry and poets.

 Blessings

Natalie and the learning commons team

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