Power In Poems: Tips For Engaging Students By Teaching Poetry

Power in Poems: Tips for engaging students by teaching poetry

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 teaching 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. Explore how to use Flocabulary to teach poetry on this blog post.

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.

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Important skills to cover when teaching poetry

Creative ways to introduce poetry

How can Flocab be used for teaching poetry?

Use Flocabulary to learn about and create poetry


Watch one of Flocabulary’s videos on teaching 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.


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.


Time to write! Students can use Lyric Lab to create their own poetry — yes, rap is most certainly poetry! Lyric Lab is a powerful tool for students to use to create their own rhymes. Each Lyric Lab activity contains a list of vocabulary words to write with and a rhyme generator to support students.

Yes, hip-hop is poetry.

A5: We have a responsibility to stay relevant and open-minded to new music and poetry. Ask your students to pull songs and give suggestions. #FlocabChat
— Kate Jackson (@mrsjacksonelar) April 24, 2019

A5: Many educators in the LA area are taking a closer look at the lyrics of #NipseyHussle He was an example of how to use poetry and the power of language to change communities. #FlocabChat
— Megan DuVarney Forbes (@TooCool4MS) April 24, 2019

A5 You can bring in figurative language, speaker, rhythm through hip hop. Have each student bring an appropriate set of lyrics that exemplifies poetic terms such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification and more. #FlocabChat

— Kimberly Acito-Tanig (@AcitoTanig) April 24, 2019

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