April is National Poetry Month!

April 30th is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate this special day into my classroom this year. Last year we all shared the poems we brought with us. This year, I’m going to fancy it up. But, that’s not why we’re here right now…

I’ve always been in love with words, but poetry has a special place in my heart. Poetry is an escape from the ordinary, mundane, boring, and tired. Poetry is a splash of color across a dull and dreary background. Poetry takes many shapes and names. Poetry is a fun way to get to know yourself and the world around you.

I stumbled upon a fabulous website: powerpoetry.org. Power Poetry is a self-described “one-of-a-kind place where you can be heard.” The group functions as a poetry community for young ladies and gentlemen to speak up about major topics in contemporary society like homelessness, suicide, #NoFilter, and more.

“Power Poetry isn’t just about poetry: it’s about finding your voice and using it to change the world!”

The community features tip guides, action guides, digital slams, and so much more. This could be a great resource for teachers, students, and families of youngsters interested in learning about—and writing—poetry and spoken word.

I’ve tested it out and it is very easy to navigate. Click here to see.

Now it’s your turn!