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• April 2015 •

Compile a Poetry Anthology

April marks National Poetry Month, a month-long celebration of poetry. National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase people's attention to the art of poetry, to poets, and to poetic heritage. During this month, schools, libraries, and bookstores across the nation work together to bring poetry into the spotlight.

Use the Internet or your school library to familiarize yourself with works written by famous poets. Visit Web sites such as the Internet Poetry Archive, Bartleby, and Infoplease®. Notice the poets' differing styles as well as the poetic elements of each poem.

Then, use the styles and elements you have seen modeled in other poems to write your own Earth Day inspired poem. Earth Day, another important event that takes place in the month of April, centers on environmental awareness and appreciation. After completing your poem, compile your classmates' poems together to make a classroom poetry anthology.