From Haiku to Hip-Hop: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Britannica School

April 4, 2019

Emily Dickinson, traditional Japanese illustration of a woman reading, Queen Latifah (IMAGEQUEST, IMAGEQUEST, BRITANNICA SCHOOL)

The following activities are created with classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica School. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already has access.

Join us as we observe National Poetry Month this April! At Britannica, we recognize that poetry is an art form for everyone that crosses all ages and cultural boundaries. People all over the world celebrate poetry every day, in a million different ways. Poetry is literature that is accessible to all, from haiku to hip-hop, Emily Dickinson to Queen Latifah. This month’s Britannica School activities look at some other popular forms of poetry as well as some well-known poets.

Grab your verses and stanzas, and let’s celebrate!


Britannica School Resource Packs

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created resource packs to help—articles, images, videos, and more.

⇒ Elementary Resources

⇒ Secondary Resources


Dive in! Dig deeper with the following activities and playlist

⇒ TRY: 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Find the activity that fits your class with these suggestions from the Academy of American Poets.

⇒ LISTEN: The poetry of hip-hop: A playlist for your classroom

Expand literacy through rap music with a 1-hour playlist that’s squeaky clean for classroom listening.


Now what? Make it stick with these original activity guides:

For the Animal Poetry exercise, students will research an animal of their choice and write a poem using the details they’ve learned.

⇒ Strategy Card: Animal Poetry

⇒ Graphic Organizer: Animal Research


Differentiation Station: Poetry Month Classroom Spotlight

How can you use Britannica School when you are talking about poetry with your students? Check out some ideas here:


More poetry activities from Britannica

Britannica School slams Poetry Month (2018)

Newbery-inspired poetry and journal activities for high school (2018)

⇒ Britannica Passes The Mic to young Chicago poets (2018)

National Poetry Month Activities for Middle School (2017)


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