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Homeschool resources about poetry

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Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

Newspaper Blackout Poetry  (Y, M, O)
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.

An acronym for People Interested in Zippy and ZAny Zcribbling. Its purpose is an online website for ESL learners, but has good resources for poetry and other types of writing.

Poetry  (Y,M,O,T)
The Poetry publishes Poetry magazine. Their goal is to select good poetry and get it out to a large audience.

Poetic  (Y,M,O,T)
The site lists typed of Poetry and gives a concise definition and example.

Shadow Poetry  (Y,M,O,T)
A poet's writing resource.

Sea Life Poetry  (Y,M)
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.

Knowing Poe  (O)
All about Poe

Walt Whitman: Patriot Poet  (M,O)

Haiku and Beyond  (Y)
A Study of Japanese Literature - by Denver Public Schools. Grade 4

FREE Online Rhyming Dictionary  (Y,M,O,T)
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

Poets Org.  (Y,M,O,T)
Support American poets

Modern American Poetry  (Y,M,O,T)
MAPS=Modern American Poetry Site. Includes more than 30,000 pages of critical essays, images, biographies, and syllabi relating to 161 poets.

Poetry  (T)
From  (T)
Curriculum & Lesson Plans

Poetry  (T)
From Education World. Links to lesson plans, activities, articles, and projects for teaching poetry.

Ideas for personalizing poetry  (M)

Rhyme with  (Y,M,O,T)
Internet rhyming dictionary. Warning - program does not edit content for words some consider inappropriate.

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