10 Perfect Poetry Picks!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
April is Poetry Month,
And we’ve got great content for you!

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Happy Poetry Month! With spring in the air and poetry month in full swing, now is the perfect time to try out one of these Edcite assignments! Check out these ten poetry picks!

1. Assignment Name: Emily Dickinson Poem
Created By: Nicole Bixler
Grade: 8th Grade
More Information: This assignment explores Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death.” Nicole has created questions that focus on word choice, meaning, and overall understanding of the poem.

2. Assignment Name: Tag with a Tiger
Created By: Kimberly Bennet
Grade: 2nd Grade
More Information: This assignment focuses on alliteration and rhymes–and sends a very important message to students about playing tricks on their grannies! 😉

3. Assignment Name: Maya Angelou Poem–Listening and Writing
Created By:
Julia Sweeney
Grade:
High School
More Information: 
This assignment has students listen to Maya Angelou recite her poem “Still I Rise.” Students answer three questions based on their listening. This would be a great assignment to use as is, or customize by adding even more questions. Maybe you could push students to write their own lines about rising!

4. Assignment Name: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Created By:
Nicole Bixler
Grade:
8th Grade
More Information: 
This assignment takes a look at the Robert Frost’s poem and pushes students to explain with textual evidence the meaning of the poem. With select text, multiple choice, and open response questions, your students will enter the Woods and emerge with the understanding Frost intended.

5. Assignment Name: Grade 3–The Land of Counterpane
Created By:
Katerina Manoff
Grade:
3rd Grade
More Information: 
This assignment allows students to jump into a little boy’s situation as he is sick in his bed. Playing with his toys, his imagination takes off. Great assignment for encouraging the use of imagination!

6. Assignment Name: The Moon (Lexile 1080), (Lexile 1180)
Created By:
Kimberly Bennet
Grade:
4th & 5th Grade
More Information: 
This poem is built into two different assignments, one focusing on poetic elements on the 4th grade level and the other focusing on figurative language at the 5th grade level. Great assignment to use whole class with already made differentiation!

7. Assignment Name: Poem Analysis: A Poison Tree by William Blake
Created By:
Keely Gabbert
Grade:
8th Grade
More Information:
This assignment asks students to explain the rhyme scheme used and the meaning of the poem overall. Students explore this idea of friend vs. foe and how we respond to different people in our lives. Also, another example of eating apples in literature not ending well…

8. Assignment Name: After Apple-Picking
Created By:
Nicole Bixler
Grade:
6th Grade
More Information:
This is a great assignment to use for your listening standards. Students listen to Robert Frost’s “After Apple-Picking” and answer questions about the meanings of words and the poem overall.

9. Assignment Name: Elements of Poetry
Created By:
Matt Lafferty
Grade:
6th Grade
More Information:
This assignment has students explore two of Gary Soto’s poems: “Ode to Family Photographs” and “Oranges.” Students identify elements of poetry, explore the meanings of each poem, and finish with a comparative writing question.

10. Assignment Name: Enemy
Created By:
Julia Sweeney
Grade:
8th Grade
More Information:
This assignment goes through the poem “Enemy” by Langston Hughes. Students are expected to draw larger meanings from this short poem. Great poem to accompany a social studies unit about the Harlem Renaissance or any unit about injustice.

Daisies are yellow,
And look nice with greens,
We hope these help make your students
Poetry fiends!

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