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Welcome to IB’s celebration of National Poetry Month!
Below you will find a series of activities that will challenge you to find a place for poetry in your everyday life. Maybe you’ll be inspired to read or write some poetry.Maybe your evil English teacher will force you to read and write some. Regardless, have fun!


Take a Listen - Spoken Word Poetry

What better way to learn about poetry than to listen to people talking about it. Visit the website below and choose a talk to listen to. Once you listen to it, write a few sentence response in your notebooks. Include the title and speaker in your response.

Click Here To Listen to Some Professionals
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From "Miracles" by Walt Whitman

Not in the mood for a lot of writing?
Try a Poetry Picture!

National Poetry Month is about sharing and celebrating the wonder of poetry, and what better way to celebrate than by putting poetry in a public place? Try placing lines from a favorite poem in a creative setting. For example, assemble twigs on a hillside, chalk the sidewalk, or find another way to creatively express a line of poetry that means something to you. The lines you use can be taken from a poem you’ve written, or you can use the words of a famous (or not-so-famous) poet. Take a photo of your creation before it disappears and submit it to your English teacher. Be sure to include the source of your lines in a photo caption.

There are only two rules for this project:

1. You represent the lines you have chosen by placing them on something that is symbolic of the meaning they convey. It needs to be apparent in your final project that you have a clear understanding of the image you’re presenting.

2. NOTHING should be permanently damaged in the creation of your poetry visual. Take a photo of your creation before it disappears and submit it to your English teacher; submissions can be made in actual photo form OR you can send them to her via school email. Be sure to include the source of your lines in the photo caption.

Need some inspiration? Visit the following website: Poetry Photo Examples

Exquisite Corpse

This project is a collaborative poetry game that is played by several people, each of whom writes a word on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for his or her contribution. The only hard and fast rule of is that each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem.

Here’s How To Get Started:
In order to write your line of poetry, you must start with a group of FIVE people; once you have your group, see your teacher for a handout (handout also included at the bottom of this page). The handout will have five blanks that need to be filled in with an appropriate part of speech. Next, decide who is going to go first. That group member should fill in the first blank, fold the paper over to conceal what he/she has written, and pass it to the next member. WITHOUT PEEKING AT WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN, the second group member will fill in the next blank, fold the paper over, and pass it to the third group member…This should continue until each group member has filled in one blank.

When your group is finished, you may reveal (and revel in) what you’ve created, and, as a group, you can decide which articles and verb tenses need to be added or adjusted to make it "make sense." Once your group agrees that you have created a line of poetry that is perfectly perfect (all the group member's words are use AND you have revised/created an outstanding image, take that line and, working on your own, write a poem that includes the line. You will meet with your group to share your poems in a few days.

So get a few friends and give it a try.

As an example, the following is a line composed by Mrs. Coulter, Mrs. Gresham, Mrs. Roderick, Mr. Bell, and Mr. Stremmel:

Pointy nightmares scurry through my mind; My limping brain is a bewildered ragdoll.




Magnetic Poetry

Below you will find some samples of poems either created with actual Magnetic Poetry or virtually on the Magnetic Poetry website. Take a look at them, then visit the Magnetic Poetry website link(s) below and create your own. You will need to create your poem by primarily using the words provided on the website, but you may add/delete as you revise. You will need to type your finished poem in a Word document in order to submit it to your portfolio.


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Magnetic Poetry Kit #1
Magnetic Poetry Kit #2
Magnetic Poetry Kit #3


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Creating A Blackout Poem

To create blackout poetry, choose an article from an old newspaper or a page from one of the books designated by your teacher, and look for words and phrases that appeal to you.
Once you have begun to narrow things down, black out the unwanted words using a marker. The result will be a unique blackout poem using words and phrases from the original article.

Click here to see what the process of creating a blackout poem looks like.
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