April is Poetry Month

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history   ~ Plato

The Library of Congress has many excellent resources you can use to mark Poetry Month.  Here are just a few:

Poetry 180 ( grades 8 - 12)

Poetry should and can be a part of every student's day.  This engaging  poem-a-day collection for high school students, assembled by poet Billy Collins, makes it easy:

Found Poetry (grades 4 - 12)
Using primary source texts on a variety of subjects, students select words to retell the historical content in poetic form.  Here is the complete lesson with teacher's guide and sets of primary sources:

Making Connections Through Poetry (grades 4 - 12)

The historical record reveals factual evidence, but poetry can lend meaning and emotional dimension to the telling of history. In this activity, students analyze primary source documents from the Library of Congress, and then share their understanding through the illustrated poetry they create.

Favorite Poem Project (varied grades: make sure to preview)

This collection of 50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The videos have been regular features on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer and are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature. They have also proven valuable as teaching and learning tools for a range of classrooms and ages. 

Library of Congress Poetry Resources

This site is a comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress's Web site.