Making personal connections with students helps them stay motivated, engaged, and comfortable to ask questions and seek support when they need it. National Poetry Month is the perfect chance for you and your team to make and build on these relationships.
We’ve created four poetry prompts for educators to share throughout this month via Remind. Use these prompts to encourage students to reflect and create, and to support teachers, admin, social workers, and coaches to learn more about the young people they work with. Students who use Remind on their own can message back directly. Otherwise, ask their caregivers to text their students’ responses (text or a pic) back to you.
Be sure students know that poetry doesn’t have to rhyme or be perfect for this activity: they should just be creative, expressive, and have fun, using a tool they’re already familiar with.
Here are four poetry prompts to send students this month:
Week One: Writing with the senses
Start off by showing students the power of writing with sensory detail, and encourage them to keep using them all month.
Write a poem describing what your best or worst memory smells, like tastes like, looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
Week Two: Love is…
This week’s prompt is simple. We were inspired by a Valentine’s Day prompt shared by NPR and Kwame Alexander back in 2019. Consider pulling together your students’ responses into a collaborative poem like they did.
Finish the poem “Love is…”
Week Three: A Poem to Myself
This week, we hope student responses give you a better sense of where they come from or where they’re going.
Write a poem to yourself in five years, or yourself five years ago.
Week four: Reflecting on emotions
Our final poetry prompt encourages students to write–and share–about their emotions. We hope this inspires them, and educators on your team, to see your learners as full people whose socio-emotional development is pivotal to their learning.
Write about what you're feeling right as you receive this text. Hungry, tired, happy, frustrated? Let it all out.
Participating in this activity can be as easy as copying and pasting the prompts into your Remind app, and then scheduling them to release once a week. But, you can make it even more interactive with these tips:
- Offer extra credit for sending back a poem or using content vocabulary.
- Share your favorite poems throughout the month, or encourage students to share theirs.
- Make it a competition—winner receives a copy of a book of poems, or bragging rights as the poet laureate for the year.
- This activity isn’t just for ELA teachers! Adapt the prompts to make sense for your subject or extracurricular area. What does love look like in a science lab or as a teammate? Graphic design or art students can include an image with their submissions.
- Get involved and share your own response with students, ask the principal or parents to share, too. (Even better if you’re not a poet: it’s about having fun with words, not winning a Pulizter.)
- Share great student poems back with the whole class, on your school’s social media feeds, and with us at @RemindHQ on Twitter!
If you want to learn more about connecting with your students and community using Remind, reach out!