Connecting with a poem on a deep personal level can be a great joy. It strikes a chord with us and we want to share the emotions and thoughts it brings to mind. If your forte does not happen to be in literature, the study of poetry might be a daunting pursuit. Fortunately, for homeschoolers, there is a plethora of resources to enhance your study of poetry.

 

1.1 Article: “Looking Back”

As homeschool moms, we may not see the sheer poetry in our days until we have completed the task and retired or graduated from our homeschooling teaching duties. In her article Looking Back, Connie Albers reflects on the amazing journey of homeschooling.

http://conniealbers.com/looking-back/#more-912

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1.2   Poetic Pleasantries for Progeny

While this resource was written with the classroom in mind, there are great suggestions on how to teach poetry even if it is not your forte’.

http://jessicazannini.com/2016/06/18/how-to-teach-poetry-even-if-you-hate-it

This week long poetry unit walks you step by step, day by day through a oneweek lesson plan on teaching poetry. You can use these plans to introduce your students to poems, poetic devices, and rhyme and scheme. There are also suggestion for creating art based on poems.

www.theclassroomkey.com/2014/04/a-week-long-poetry-unit.html

Poems are just plain fun to read aloud. You can use these suggestions or dig up a few of your favorites.

www.nypl.org/blog/2015/04/06/poems-read-aloud

Here are five ways to make studying poetry a family affair.

www.litworld.org/blog/2014/5/20/5-ways-to-make-reading-writing-poetry-a-favorite-family-activity

The Family Friendly Poems blog has 24 blog posts to encourage you and your family to find your inner poet. These posts range from acting poetry out, to getting your children interested in poetry, as well as posts on how to start writing.

www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/how-to/writing-poetry

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1.3   Rhyming for Preschoolers

Not all poems rhyme, but teaching rhyming is a great way to introduce your preschooler to poetry. These rhyming books can help.

http://fun-a-day.com/rhyming-books

This list of springtime poetry also includes a suggested activity sheet and a craft or coloring sheet for each poem.

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/spring/poem/index.htm

You can download this coloring activity with a printed poem for your preschoolers.

www.theclassroomcreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Spring-Poem-Free-Printable-for-Preschool-Kindergarten-and-First-Grade.pdf

This poetry unit study, based on Shel Silverstein’s book Where the Sidewalk Ends, is specifically for preschoolers and early elementary students. It’s never too early to teach a love of poetry. You will need a copy of the book (easily found at most libraries) to implement the study.

http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-poetry-unit-for-preschoolers.html

You can use the instructions at the National Association for the Education of Young Children website to help your preschoolers write poetry.

www.naeyc.org/tyc/article/poetry_with_preschoolers

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1.4   Poetic Devices and an Introduction to Poetry

You can help your students understand poetry better by teaching them to understand the poetic devices of metaphors and similes.

www.the-best-childrens-books.org/simile-lesson-plans.html

Paintchip poetry is a colorful way to have your students create their own poetry.

http://zauberbear.blogspot.co.nz/2014/09/paint-chip-poetry.html?m=1

Why not spread your poetry study over the entire school year? Tammy at the Tarheelstate Teacher blog shares how she had her students create poetry notebooks, and how she taught literary device, poem format, or technique.

www.tarheelstateteacher.com/2015/06/its-almost-wrap-2014-2015-top-10_9.html

Listen to poets read their poetry in this online archive of poetry for children.

http://childrenspoetryarchive.org/explore/browsepoems

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1.5   Poetry Study and Analysis

You can use this complete poetry study in your high school classroom. Moping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetry by Robert W. Watson covers Poetry and Figurative Expression, Poetry and Patterned Repetition, sound, Sonnets and Stanzas and stress, Poetry and Compression of Thought, and Poems That Delight, and includes poets such as Edgar Allan Poe, James Leigh Hunt, Lord Tennyson, Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, and others. These free resources are provided by Smarr Publishers.

www.smarrpublishers.com/T-6020.pdf

Student guide to Moping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetry by Robert W. Watson with answer key.

http://www.smarrpublishers.com/SG-6020.pdf

Analyze poetry like a pro with these seven steps.

http://prayloveteach.blogspot.com/2014/04/poetry-analysis-like-pro.html?m=1

Creativity is key and a bit challenging with a reverse poem. Assign your student the task of creating a reverse poem. Reverse poems mean one thing when read from top to bottom, but the meaning or sentiment changes when you read each line from bottom to top.

http://penandthepad.com/write-reverse-poem-8556361.html

Rhyme schemes are important to poetry. You can use this article to teach your students about rhyme schemes in poetry.

http://penandthepad.com/write-poem-rhyme-scheme-8512337.html

This article contains a brief synopsis of ten poems and teaching ideas for each.

www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/articles/detail/69417

Ten of the best recordings of poets reading their poetry. It includes an 1890 recording of Alfred, Lord Tennyson reciting The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as The Trees by Philip Larkin and Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop. How does the author’s inflection and tone change or define the meaning of a line of poetry?

www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/jun/06/the-10-best-recordings-of-poets

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