Create a Poetry Calendar

This site offers multiple lesson plans featuring multiple grade levels: k-2;3-5;6-8;9-12.  This particular lesson emphasizes a collaborative research project for the class to choose five poets born in a selected month and create a classroom calendar incorporating research found on the internet. Excellent strategy for on-going collaboration and peer review.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0801.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
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Learning objectives: 


Students will

  • research print and online resources to learn about five famous poets born in a particular month;
  • read 1-2 poems by each of the five poets;
  • create a school-year calendar based on the work of famous poets.
  • work together to choose a cover design for the calendar.

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials Needed:

  • Wall calendar for display and demonstration (optional)
  • Student access to computer(s) with Internet access
  • Web sites for research: The Writer's Almanac (Scroll to bottom and choose each week of the assigned month from the drop down menu under Archive); Books and Writers (Choose a month from the list of numbers on the left, and then click each writer's name on the far right to locate poets with birthdays that month).