April is National Poetry Month.

If you're looking for resources that will help your students understand, analyze, and even enjoy what they're reading — you're in the right place. Below are free, ready-made resources and simple strategies for how to use them with your lesson plans.


Poetry Terminology Lists

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching poetry is covering all the technical terms. New for 2019, the curriculum team here at Vocabulary.com has put together a set of comprehensive word lists that teach all the poetry terminology you'd ever want your students to know. These lists include relevant definitions, examples, and supplemental notes written by our editors.

We recommend selecting a list that's appropriate for your class, assigning the list for your students to practice independently, and reviewing the terms in class as needed.

Poetry: Literary Devices
Poetry: Genres
Poetry: Structure and Meter 
Introduction to Poetry 

Recommended Reading

These lists include the most relevant vocabulary words from each poem, presented in the context of the work that's cited. We recommend assigning a list for practice before your students tackle the reading to help them unpack the challenging language in the text.


Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Museé de Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden
Man Listening to Disc by Billy Collins
Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen
Because I could not stop for death by Emily Dickinson
Birches by Robert Frost
Digging by Seamus Heaney
To an Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman
The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Song VII by Rabindranath Tagore
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth
Easter, 1916 by W.B. Yeats


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Bear in mind that these recommendations represent only a fraction of our vocabulary lists. You can find more resources on our Lists page.

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