How to Plant a Poetry Garden

My favorite holiday is here! It doesn't require battling crowds at the mall to shop. And it doesn't even require cooking a big meal for finicky family members. The only thing you have to do is share your favorite poem! Here's a rhyme to describe it: Easy peasy!

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A few teachers have asked me how I go about encouraging students to "plant" poetry and how I go about getting them to carry poems around on Poem in Your Pocket Day. We "plant" all spring. It's the perfect time of year for it. As the weather gets warmer, we're all spending more time outdoors, so it's easy for kids to find an outdoor location for sharing.

Planting Poetry

When I introduce kids to poetry planting, I show them some photos students have taken in the past. Then I encourage them to find a creative place to plant a poem and take a picture of it for the class to see. Sometimes I make it an optional assignment and sometimes it's mandatory, depending on how much else is going on in the rest of their classes. 

The kids are wildly creative with their poetry placement, and the class enjoys seeing a slideshow of all of the poems when the photos are in.
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Poem in Your Pocket Day

As for Poem in Your Pocket Day, we carry our poems in many different places other than pockets. Most of my students don't wear pants with pockets. They're into leggings, lacrosse shorts, and sweats. I always offer them a cut-out pocket, but only a few take me up on it. Most prefer to carry their poems in other, more inventive ways. Some carry a poem in their phone case, many of the girls will stick the poem down the side of their Uggs, or they'll fold it up and put it in their ponytail holder or tie it into their shoelaces. 

Believe me, these kids are creative and they actually enjoy the challenge of sharing. I ask them to step out of their comfort zone and share their poems with those they meet outside of school. Many of them memorize their poems and proudly recite them. 

Last year, state testing was the same week as Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I almost didn't get around to celebrating it. Then I started to get questions about it from staff members who look forward to it. What really sealed the deal was when kids started asking me if we were going to "do that poetry sharing thing" that their older siblings had done. 

How cool is that? There's no way this teacher is going to let any state test get in the way of a "poetry thing."


  1. Sharing that kind of content may give some inspiration with the other people who wanted to improve their techniques in poetry. Thus, it may also help them to get motivated on what kind of poem are they going to create.

  2. I really like the idea! The question is whether you want kids to love the classic poetry or little cute things will do. Cuz the latter one will surely work even without special trick and I believe.

  3. Hello. Thank you for the interesting article.
    You're right. education plays an important role in the life of the child. In the end, this is an opportunity to learn how to realize your dreams and become an expert.
    But this is not always easy, a lot depends on the teacher. In the end, it is he who awakens (or vice versa) interest in his subject.
    A good teacher is a great success. At least, unfortunately, I met rarely. It is visible there I was looking for))
    But seriously, the teacher, in order to tell and interest his subject, must love him. And tell the student not only static information, but also somehow diversify it. You can submit in a game form, etc.
    And then the child will not only listen with interest to the teacher and be interested in the subject, but also begin with interest to do homework for you