UNESCO has declared March 21st to be World Poetry Day, and I thought I’d bring together a few related resources — some which I’ve already posted about in the past and others that are new:

Wow! “Split This Rock” Looks Like A Great Resource For Social Justice Poetry

“Teach This Poem” Provides A Weekly Poem & Learning Activities To Teachers – For Free

The Best Resources About Maya Angelou

TEFL Geek writes about an interesting idea in Using Haiku for Summary Tasks. In some ways, it’s similar to using “found poems”for the same reason.

Mashup Turns Messages Of Hate Into Poetry Preaching Love, NPR

World Poetry Day: 28 of poetry’s most powerful lines ever written is from The Independent.

World Poetry Day: 16 quotes from poets to make you fall in love with poetry again is from Metro.

Read Write Think has some activities for the day.

Pay with a poem: coffee for poetry deal spreads around the globe is from The Guardian.

Here’s a TED-Ed lesson and video:

Here are a few more related TED-Ed videos:

POETRY IN THE CLASSROOM: 10 FUN ACTIVITIES is from Svetlana Kandybovich.

Kids and Poetry is from Teaching English.

Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month With The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Our Seventh Annual Found Poem Student Contest is also from the Learning Network.

Teaching Poetry of the Immigrant Experience is from Edutopia.

Here are poetry resources for ELLs from Colorin Colorado.

Check out this TED-Ed lesson and video:

Winners of Our Seventh Annual Found Poem Contest is from The New York Times Learning Network.

This Venn Diagram poem is brilliant, and was shared by Tom Bennett on Twitter:

I wonder if students could try to make their own?

Here’s a TED-Ed video and lesson:

Here are several tools that let you create poetry online.

Erasures lets you create a version of “Blackout Poetry” online. You can learn more about Blackout Poetry here.

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times is from The New York Times Learning Network.

20+ Ideas and Resources for Learning with Poetry is from Shelly S. Terrell.


The New York Times Learning Network has an annual Found Poem contest, and they’ve also published a helpful Found Poem lesson plan.

Poetry Writing Made Fun: 10 Cool Teaching Ideas is by CHERYL MIZERNY.

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado.

Word Mover – A Great App for National Poetry Month is from Richard Byrne.

Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is a student in Bret Gosselin‘s high school class. Jose has created a nice resource on How To Write A Poem.  A little more about Jose: Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is currently a student at Coppell High School. He is from Mexico where he lived until moving to the United States two years ago as a sophomore. He is an ambitious student who uses his writing as a way to learn from the world around him. He believes that by hard work, he can learn to do anything well, including English. He plans to go to college to become an engineer and is a valued member of Coppell’s champion-winning varsity soccer team.

Winners of Our Eighth Annual Found Poem Contest comes from The New York Times Learning Network.

Poets.org has lots of lesson materials about…poetry.

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry is from The Science of Us.

Social Justice: Poems for Kids is from Poets.org.

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 12/30 is from Young Chicago Authors.

Quote Of The Day: “the border is what joins us, not what separates us”

The 10 most Influential Poets in History is a really interesting infographic.

5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry is from Edutopia.

Poetry and Primary Sources is from The Library of Congress.

Ideas to Integrate Poetry Throughout the Year is from Middleweb.

The Washington Post reports some good news: Poetry reading by young people has doubled since 2012.


Here are resources on “Teaching Living Poets.”

Wow, TED-Ed Has Hit A Grand Slam With Their Video Poetry Series