Every year in April, National Poetry Month is celebrated by publishers, booksellers, literary groups, the poets themselves, and teachers. Flocabulary is a great way to support poetry month in the classroom with its signature vocabulary-based topics and hip-hop videos and raps which use many poetic skills. This month, we wanted to share a few ways you can use Flocabulary to bring poetry lessons into the classroom.
Develop a deep understanding of vocabulary’s role in poetry
Writing poetry is all about purposeful word choice and surfaces rich discussions on vocabulary by readers everywhere. Through learning about figurative language, all students can practice using academic vocabulary in less traditional concepts to showcase complex meanings.
With Flocabulary’s focus on vocabulary in every lesson, teachers can use hip-hop videos and their supporting activities to learn about vocabulary and develop a deep understanding of academic terminology.
Start discussions about poetry by learning the vocabulary used in the structure of poems with the figurative language lesson. In this lesson, students discuss terms like hyperbole, alliteration and assonance, irony, onomatopoeia, metaphors and similes, and more. Students watch the video to introduce the vocabulary and follow it with supporting activities that deepen their understanding of the terms along the way.
Write poetry using Lyric Lab
Lyric Lab is an activity that accompanies every video or lesson in Flocabulary. Students can use this activity to write poetry about any topic across the K-12 curriculum. Although Lyric Lab can be used to write a rap about a topic, students can also take those same lessons and tools to create poetry.
With Lyric Lab, students are developing the deepest level of understanding of vocabulary terms in a lesson. Students use the vocabulary terms that surfaced in a lesson to write about that topic. Lyric Lab’s built-in rhyme-generator helps students find rhymes as they write.
While students can write poetry about any topic in Flocabulary, they can also watch the What is Poetry, Types of Poetry, and Rhyme & Rhythm lessons to support their knowledge of poetry in general. Teachers can share these lessons about poetry with students and ask them to write a poem about any topic in any core subject area. Historical figures are a teacher favorite for poetry writing with Lyric Lab.
Meet speaking and listening common core standards by performing poetry
Speaking and listening standards appear across many grade levels, with students being asked to perform speeches orally and understand and practice active listening skills. While writing poetry can help support vocabulary acquisition and deep understanding, performing poetry will help teachers meet some speaking and listening standards as well.
Poetry’s short nature also helps students who are easily overwhelmed with lengthy writing assignments or those nervous about public speaking. When students share poetry aloud they can experience figurative language and all its parts in new and interesting ways.
There are so many ways to make poetry part of your classroom in April with Flocabulary. Share some of your favorite Flocabulary lessons you’ve done with students to celebrate poetry month this year.