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By Suzanne Klein on 4/16/2015 1:51 PM

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"My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, but its silver when its wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet." Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends


Visit any elementary school classroom and most likely you will find a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. It was one of my favorite books during my younger years.  I enjoyed reading the short poems chock full of words that sounded like music to my ears.  Since it's National Poetry Month, I want to share some poetry lessons with you.

Poetry is not included in the Common Core Writing Standards. However, it is in the Reading Standards, and we at WriteSteps think it is beneficial to have students try their hand at writing some poetry when you can fit it in. However, all of us at WriteSteps think it’s still important to teach students the craft of poetry.

Here are some ideas of how you can incorporate poetry in your classroom. Feel free to modify and tailor them to your students’ learning levels and capabilities.

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