Words in rhyme are part of literacy around us, whether lyrics of songs, advertising jingles on television or posters, rap or nursery rhymes. And in developing literacy in the curriculum there are opportunities to encourage looking at rhyme.
At different times of the year there are often national or international opportunities to harness the prominence of poetry in its various forms to engage pupils, whether it’s part of national poetry day or month or a local or national festival, or an anniversary celebration of the works of a particular writer in rhyme (such as annual Burns celebrations centred on the life and works of Scotland’s bard Robert Burns).
There is a host of ways of using various free tools to help engage pupils in writing poetry in various forms.
Click here for a variety of ways to use a range of free tools to engage pupils with the poetry of Scotland’s poet Robert Burns - each of the ideas are equally adaptable to be used with poems in other forms and by different writers, poets, rappers or lyricists.
If rap is a style in which some pupils find their outlet for creativity then click here for The Week in Rap which provides examples of how the style of writing can be used to engage in the news of the week while also developing the facility to write in rhyme. Although most of the content is available only by subscription there are free examples which will provide inspiration for pupils to create their own reports in rap.
Getting the chance to hear young people recite poems can often provide the inspiration for others to develop this skill. Click here for the US Poetry Out Loud site to support a poetry recitation competition, with hosts of examples of students reciting poetry of their choice. This site also includes helpful guides and resources to support teachers looking to provide support for pupils in developing recitation skills.
Blabberize provides a free online tool to create an animated image where a pupil can add a mouth which moves at the same time as a recording of the spoken word which the pupil can either record throught eh program itself or upload from a previously made recording. This can be used to bring alive an image of a character or animal from a poem spoekn aloud by a pupil.
Read, Write, Think website has a wide range of activities for supporting literacy, and with many on poetry. Click here for a post about how a variety of these tools can be used during a focus on poetry.
Listen and Write – literacy activities inspired by song – provides a range of free to use online tools which help support a teacher support pupils engage in looking at lyrics of songs. These can be used in different ways, whether looking for the rhymes and how lyrics are put together, to finding ways to inspire pupils to create their own lyrics.
Ode to Poetry – websites to generate student poetry online is a fantastic post by Mrs Smoke which is a collation of a range of online sites which support using poetry in the classroom in many different ways and for different ages and stages of development.
Cybraryman Poetry page is a collection collated in categories by Jerry Blumengarten of tools and resources to support using poetry in the classroom.
Poetry, Poetry, Poetry Symbaloo – is a collection of links, collated by Shannon McClintock Miller, to a variety of online resources to support pupils engaging with poetry, including magnetic words, alliteration creator, rhyme finder, poems in shape forms, acrostic poems and much more.