Ideas for Celebrating Poetry in Your School

Compiled by Buffy Hamilton
Spring 2003

This page last updated on Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Part of the joy of experiencing and writing poetry is sharing it with others and hearing members of your learning community share their poetry or favorite poems.  Here are some websites with terrific and easy to implement ideas for celebrating poetry in your classroom, school, and community!

  • Tips for Hosting a Poetry Reading:  this website from has some great tips for hosting a successful poetry reading.  This article offers tips for creating a poetry reading event that will create community and a memorable experience for all!  If you are interested in hosting a larger community event to build a community of poets in your area, visit here to get more advice.
  • The Favorite Poem Project:  this website has a wealth of ideas for helping students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members celebrate their favorite poems and to show the importance of poetry in our lives.  A "must-see" link!

  • Form a poetry circle!  Poetry circles are a wonderful way to celebrate a favorite poet.  Check out the example at NCTE for forming a poetry circle to celebrate Langston Hughes!
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month  This page from the Online Poetry Classroom contains a fabulous list of ways to celebrate poetry any month of the year!  This site lists easy to implement ideas that may be done on a daily or monthly basis for a wide range of grade levels!
  • Creating Poetry Books  In this brief article from NCTE's English Journal, read about how one teacher and his students created poetry books to immerse themselves in poetry and to celebrate poetry.  This is a PDF file, so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.
  • Kristine George's Ideas for Celebrating Poetry This list of ideas provides fun "snapshots" of activities that are ready for you to use or adapt for your students.  While most of these ideas ideal for K-8, many can be modified for older students as well.
  • March Madness Poetry Tournament Tap into students' (and teachers, too!) love of sports by checking out this poetry celebration that follows the NCAA "March Madness" Basketball tournament format.  An original and fun idea!  From NCTE's Poetry Solutions.
  • NCTE Classroom Notes Plus:  This page lists several ideas for celebrating poetry and National Poetry Month.  Although geared for older students, some of the ideas can be modified for younger learners. 

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