Poetry can be a tough sell to kids and adults alike. But it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the power and emotion conveyed in just a few lines of poetry, you’ll get kids thinking critically about all sorts of topics. Short poems are the perfect way to warm up a class or to get a dinner conversation going.
Poetry is also a great way to introduce literary concepts. As learners read poetry, they develop an understanding of voice and figurative language, as well as expand their vocabulary. Through IXL’s language arts curriculum, students have the opportunity to analyze different elements of poetry and answer reading comprehension questions to check for understanding. You can try it for yourself in these fun skills:
- First grade: Complete the poem with a word that rhymes
- Fourth grade: Identify elements of poetry
- Fifth grade: Read poetry.
- Seventh grade: Label the rhyme scheme
- And many more on IXL.com
Now, let’s get ready for National Poetry Month! Read on for 10 poems that pack a whole lot of meaning in 10 lines or less.
1. “Fog” by Carl Sandburg
2. “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams
3. “i shall imagine life” by e.e. cummings
4. “The Sun Sets in Molten Gold” by Li Ching Chao
5. “First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
6. “A House of Cards” by Christina Rossetti
7. “Parting” by Emily Dickinson
8. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost
9. “XIV” from The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda
10. “Risk” by Anaïs Nin
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