Thursday, April 8, 2010

April is National Poetry Month!

In April 2003, my then six year old daughter Brynne wrote her first poem. I've been carrying it around ever since, charmed by the invented spelling, rhythm and emotion it holds. Here it is, accessible to the world for the very first time. Unedited.

"Sping! Sping!
I love Sping!
its My favrit
thing You no.
There are
Los of
flowrs to
and los
of Thnigs
to Do.
Spring! Spring!
I Love you."

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets instituted the month of April as National Poetry Month. Each year, educators recognize the uniqueness that is poetry, and celebrate the place it holds in our culture. No matter what the age of your students, no matter what subject you teach, there's always a way to share a poem. Take a look at these online resources.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem Flow for iPhones

Request a FREE Poetry Month Poster!

Instructional ideas from Scholastic
Lesson plans from ReadWriteThink

Listen to a poem-a-day from NCTE

Deep down, you're a poet. And you know it.

Happy "Sping"!


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