Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April to celebrate and promote the study of poetry’s influential role in American culture. For 2013, the Academy of American Poets is encouraging students of all ages to engage with poetry by hand-writing letters to the poets who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors, which includes Victor Hernández Cruz, Edward Hirsch, Anne Waldman, and Arthur Sze, among many others. Selected letters may receive a response from the poet and be featured on the Academy’s website. Check out the details here!
For other ways to incorporate National Poetry Month into the gifted classroom, TeachHUB.com has poetry-focused writing prompts for different grade levels, and NBC Latino has some great suggestions for bilingual poetry books for young children.
As an added bonus for teachers looking to foster a love of words in the classroom, Oxford University Press will be granting free online access all next week to Oxford Reference and the Oxford English Dictionary in celebration of National Library Week. Be sure to check the OUP blog for the username and password starting April 14!