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Power in Poems: Engaging students with poetry instruction

For April’s #FlocabChat, we talked about how poetry  can help students hone a variety of skills, such as analytical thinking, artistic expression, creative writing and public speaking. There are so many ways that poetry can be used in the classroom, and more than that, there are many mediums (like hip-hop) whose texts can be read and analyzed as poetry. 

Flocabulary offers several lessons about poetry, but as many educators in our community point out, Flocabulary’s content is poetry. To delve into why, see some of the chat’s highlights below.

The chat was led by Platinum MCEducator Megan Forbes, or as many know her, Too Cool for Middle School.

Important skills to cover when studying poetry

Creative ways to introduce poetry

How can Flocab be used for teaching poetry?

Use Flocabulary to Learn About and Create Poetry

Watch

Watch one of Flocabulary’s videos on poetry, showcasing rhyme, verse, sound devices and figurative language. There are different rules for writing poems, and in these videos, students will learn what a poem is and see how poetic language can take us beyond literal meaning.

Discuss

Use ‘Discuss’ to spark conversation with your students about different types of poetry. Use our Teacher Resources for additional handouts and worksheets to deepen students’ understanding.

Create

Time to write! Students can use Lyric Lab to create their own poetry — yes, rap is most certainly poetry!

Yes, hip-hop is poetry.

Learn more about hip-hop as a pedagogical tool.

Lindsay Rothfeld

Lindsay is the Senior Marketing Manager, Content + Community at Flocabulary.

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