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YAWP! National Poetry Month Lessons and Ideas

April 5, 2012

Barbaric yawping

Sounds more like a howling pup

Than a mooing calf

That’s right.  It’s National Poetry Month!  And we’re in a haiku mood.

Whether you prefer to yawp like Whitman or saunter like Frost down the road not taken, it’s that time of year to celebrate the bards that reside within us all. Time to teach your students about the oft-overlooked pantoum poem (great lesson on Pantoums by Burgess LePage here).

We’ve taken a moment to organize some of the great teaching resources that have been shared within the BetterLesson community.  Enjoy, and please share with your colleagues!

3rd Grade Unit: Poetry by Melissa Oliver, including lessons on limericks and poem voice.

5th Grade Unit: Poetry by Amber Smith, including the following lessons: Characteristics of Poetry, Parts of Poetry, Rhyme Scheme, Free Verse and Couplets, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Metaphor, Simile, Haiku, Limerick, Cinquain, Personification, Mood, Voice, Point of View, and Reading and Responding to Poetry.

7th Grade Unit: Poetry by Burgess LePage, including the following lessons: What Is Poetry?, Limerick, Pantoum, Sonnet, Narrative, Ode, and more.

10th Grade Sonnet Formatting by Krysta Betit

11th Grade Unit: The American Poet by Bilal Khan, including lessons focused around Walt Whitman’s poetry.

12th Grade Unit: AP Poetry by Michael McCaffrey, including resources focused around various poem forms and great poets.


We leave you with this:

“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable.  I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

– Walt Whitman, from “Song of Myself” 


From → The Archives

  1. That yawp haiku thereWas howlingly interestingA medley of sounds

  2. I adore that Walt Whitman quote. I wish I could construct a comment like the one above but I think I may need more practice!

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