World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

Date posted: March 19, 2015

Saturday, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.  It recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.  And it is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recital, to promote the teaching of poetry, and support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.

Poetry slams are poetry competitions in which poets perform their original work alone or in teams before an audience.  The following video explains what a poetry slam is, how to set one up in school, and the benefits for the competitors.

Looking for more ideas on teaching poetry?  Here are a few online resources:

Brisk and bright approaches for National Poetry Month

Lesson plans and essays on teaching poetry from the Academy of American Poets

Transforming silence: poetry and performance

We’ll be posting more about poetry in April, Canada’s National Poetry Month.

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