We hosted “Poem in Your Pocket” day as a celebration upon completing our poetry unit in Language Arts last year. It coincided with the National Poem In Your Pocket Day. This year’s event is being held April 21. It’s coming up soon! You can join us this year even if you haven’t done poetry yet!
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Have students find a poem they enjoy or write their own. There are lots of poems online, in magazines or in books. They can write it down, photocopy it or print it off, but be sure they keep the name of the author so they can give proper credit. They keep it their pocket (or some other clever storage solution-one student clipped it into her hair). Students can then share their poems with each other or with other adults within the school or in the community.
We can’t take all the credit. Here is the CBC article for this year’s event.
It’s even more fun if you involve students from other classes or get teachers on board and it takes very little preparation. In fact, we printed out a few extra poems so students who forgot could still have a poem to share.
So, what poem will you carry in your pocket?