Newspaper Blackout Poetry
Even students who aren';t poetry fans may enjoy this cool way of "writing" poetry. "Using a black marker," Austin Kleon "takes away the words he doesn't need, creating new poetic verses. He has compiled his poetry into a book called Newspaper Blackout and invites others to upload their own blackout poetry on his Tumblr page." Take a look at the examples on the linked page and let your kids try it out. The user submissions on his Tumblr page come from all ages, so if you visit that, preview for appropriateness for your family. Reading through the submissions inspires creativity and may encourage your budding poet to create his or her own blackout poetry.
The Poetry Foundation.org publishes Poetry magazine. Their goal is to select good poetry and get it out to a large audience.
The site lists typed of Poetry and gives a concise definition and example.
A poet's writing resource.
Sea Life Poetry
Using Internet resources listed with the lesson plan, students discover oceans and sea life and use this material for different forms of poetry. Good way to integrate language arts into an ocean unit study.
All about Poe
Walt Whitman: Patriot Poet
Haiku and Beyond
A Study of Japanese Literature - by Denver Public Schools. Grade 4
FREE Online Rhyming Dictionary
My daughter loves using this online tool when writing poetry. Just put any word in the form and specify whether you want results with end rhymes, first syllable rhymes, last syllable rhymes, beginning rhymes, or double rhymes. Your child is sure to find a word to use in their poetry or limerick from the results
Support American poets
Modern American Poetry
MAPS=Modern American Poetry Site. Includes more than 30,000 pages of critical essays, images, biographies, and syllabi relating to 161 poets.
Curriculum & Lesson Plans
From Education World. Links to lesson plans, activities, articles, and projects for teaching poetry.
Ideas for personalizing poetry
Internet rhyming dictionary. Warning - program does not edit content for words some consider inappropriate.