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Shared Poetry Writing

April is National Poetry Month. Some learners may find the idea of writing a poem intimidating. Writing a poem together, however, may open new doors of discussion, learning, and connection.

This could take a variety of formats:

  • Take turns writing lines.
  • Write the full poem together, each contributing as ideas come.
  • Create a collage of a poem. Take words or lines from an article, story, or magazine. See what they create.
  • Take turns adding words.

For inspiration, check out the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day archive:
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/345

To learn about some new poetic forms, check out the Academy’s guide:
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197

 

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