The Topic: 
Poetry for Kids

Easier - Poetry is a kind of writing, usually in verse. Poetry verse is set out in short lines with words put together in rhythm or rhyme or both. Poetry is about a writer sharing with the reader an experience or strong feelings. Poems are written with words chosen for their sounds and beauty as well as their meaning.
Harder - Poetry is a type of literature in which the sound and meaning of language are combined to create ideas and feelings. People are often attracted to poetry by its sounds and rhythm patterns.
Poetry began in prehistoric times when people passed down their oral history in poetic language and song. Through the years, three main kinds of poetry have developed: lyric, narrative, and dramatic. Lyric poetry is any short poem. Narrative poems are ones that tell stories, an epic or ballad. Dramatic poetry also tells a story, but in this case one or more of the poem's characters acts out the story.
Academy of American Poets
Read, listen, and discuss poems by favorite American Poets. Also, learn about the poets.
Related Websites:
2) Modern American Poetry http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/
3) Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (Advanced level)
4) Yahooligans Poet Links http://www.yahooligans.com/school_bell/language_arts/poetry/Poets/
Giggle Poetry
This fun site contains information on poetry contests for children in grades 2-6, has poetry helpers, tells how to write a limerick, and has some silly read-aloud poems.
Similar Sites:
2) Grandpa Tucker's Family Fun http://www.grandpatucker.com/
3) KidzPage! Poetry and Verse for Children of All Ages http://www.veeceet.com/
4) Poetry for Kids by K. Nesbitt http://www.poetry4kids.com/
5) Childrens Poetry Corner by K. O'Connell George http://www.kristinegeorge.com/for_students.htm
Favorite Poem Project
Since its launch, this project has been dedicated to celebrating, documenting and promoting poetry's role in Americans' lives. During a one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share their favorite poems — Americans of all ages, from every state, of diverse occupations, kinds of education and backgrounds. From those thousands of letters and emails, several enduring collections have been selected
Related Websites:
2) Poetry 180 (Grades 9-12) http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/
3) Poetry Daily http://www.poems.com/
4) Poetry Express by C. Guilford http://www.poetryexpress.org/
5) Poetry Portal http://www.poetry-portal.com/
Scholastic Poetry
Learn about the genre of poetry through the step-by-step workshops with favorite authors.
Similar Sites:
2) BBC Education - Listen & Write http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/listenandwrite/home.htm
After examining several of the poetry websites, complete one or more of the following activities.
Post Your Own Poetry. You might choose to send your original poetry to sites like (1) Poetry Contest, (2) Poetry Pals, or (3) Positively Poetry.
Complete a Poetry WebQuest. Select one of these webquests. 
1) Reading Poetry (High School) http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/itec815_s99/jnaas/students.html
2) Poetry WebQuest by A.A. Mockevicius
3) Word Hunt! (Grades 2-4) http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/edis771/98webquests/student/shelenbond/stude . . .
4) Poetry and the Planets (Grades 6-12) by J.S. Littauer http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/lausd/resources/webquest/
5) Poetry Webquest (Grade 5) http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/khamilton/wquest.htm
6) Geometry Meets Poetry WebQuest http://www.needham.k12.ma.us/newman/learningmaps/webquests/new_math_poetry/main.htm
7) Poetry Quest (Grades 3-6) by S. Tennille http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/stennille/ST3/poetrywq.htm
8) A Search for Poetry in Music (Grade 9) by S. Harrick http://www.washlee.arlington.k12.va.us/staff/english/saharric/Poetry/poetryhome.html
Write Poetry. Begin by visiting sites like (1) Giggle Poetry, (2) Poetry Pals, and (3) Poetry for Kids. Be sure to look at the 'how to' sections, and then write some of your own poetry.
Enter a Poetry Competition. Visit sites like Giggle Poetry, and Young Poet's Contest . Look up the guidelines and entry submission forms. Select one that fits you, and submit your best poems.
Complete A Poetry Crossword Puzzle. Find it at Crosswords: National Poetry Month from The New York Times.
Have Some Poetry Fun. Complete a treasure hunt and search for poetry pirates at Poetry Scavenger Hunt by J. Juarez & L. White!
By Kids For Kids
Ars Poetica (2000 ThinkQuest Project)
Learn to read and write poetry.
Children's Haiku Garder
Project submitted by students.
Inki and Taz's Poetry Corner (1997 ThinkQuest Project)
This student provide contains links and original poetry.
Learning About Poetry (1996 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
This student project provides definitions and examples.
Poetry Corner (Grade 5)
Haiku poems by fifth graders.
Similar Websites:
2) Explorer Poems (Grade 5) http://www.kathimitchell.com/explpoe.htm
3) Have You Heard the Sound of... (Grade 4)
4) Online Poetry (Grades K-2)
5) Poetry Corner (Grade 5) http://www.msu.edu/user/schroete/
6) Poetry Corner (Grades K-4) http://www.mcleanschool.org/poetcov.html
7) Poetry Book (Grades 4-5) http://www.edleston.cheshire.sch.uk/projects/Zoo/Zoo.htm
8) Project #37 : Poetry http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/cybereng/37.html
Several More Poetry Sites
American Tanka
Tanka are 31-syllable poems that have been the most popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. As a form of poetry, tanka is older than haiku, and tanka poems evoke a moment or mark an occasion with concision and musicality.
Cowboy Poetry Online
Cowboy Poetry is as old as cowboys themselves! For lack of better things to do after a hard day on the range, cowboys of the Old West would sit around the camp fire at night and entertain one another with poems, tall tales known as "windies" or just plain good ol' stories!
Other Websites for Cowboy Poetry:
2) Cowboy and Western Peotry at the Bar-D Ranch http://www.cowboypoetry.com/
3) Cowboy Poetry Gathering from The Wyoming Companion http://www.wyomingcompanion.com/wccp.html#poets
4) Cowboy Poetry / Western Poetry http://www.readthewest.com/ArchivePoetry.html
5) Poets from Western Folklife Center (Elko, NV) http://www.westfolk.org/p.home.html
Figurative Language from eduScapes 42eXplore
Learn more about the figurative language that can be used in poetry.
Glossary of Poetic Device
Here you find definitions of poetry terms.
Related Websites:
2) Glossary of Poetry Terms from Infoplease http://www.infoplease.com/spot/pmglossary1.html
3) Poetic Terms http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/poetic-terms.html
3) Poetry Forms and Terminology http://thewordshop.tripod.com/forms.html
4) Some Poetry Forms http://www.umeedu.maine.edu/coehd/wind/poemtypes.html
Handbook for Discussing Poetry
Here you find information on figurative language, language and meaning, poetic kinds and genres, rhythm and meter, and stanzas and verse forms.
Related Website:
Handbook of Terms for Discussing Poetry by Harry Rusche http://www.geocities.com/icasocot/poetry3.html
This site contains animal poems from Ogden Nash, a dozen other famous children's poems, and poetry written by children.
Poetry Archives
This online collection contains thousands of classical poems to help you recall fond memories or to help create new ones.
Other Classic Collections:
2) Music and Poetry of the War Between the States http://users.erols.com/kfraser/
3) Poe's Poems from E.A. Poe Society of Baltimore http://www.eapoe.org/works/poems/index.htm
4) Sonnet Central http://www.sonnets.org/
Poetry.Com (Slow loading)
Here you can read the poem of the day, read other poetry, and enter your own work in the poetry contest.
Poetry Pages (Grade 9 and Up) from The Atlantic Monthly
Read articles and poetry at this online magazine.
Poetry Pals (K-12 Student Poetry Publishing Project)
Website of a year-round online project that was once open to any K12 student or class (This site is not accepting or posting submissions). Students submitted poetry to be published on the website. Forms, definitions of terms, lesson plans, resources, and links are all included.
Poets Corner
This website's goal is to create the largest, most diverse, and most user-friendly public library of poetic works ever assembled.
Positively Poetry
Website is designed for children from the ages of 5 to 15 to share their artistic abilities in writing poetry with people around the world.
Process of Composing Your Own HAIKU
Follows the process of creating haiku. This site introduces haiku, provides definitions and examples.
Similar Sites:
2) Dictionary of Haiku http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/adofinde.htm
3) Haiku and It's Theories http://www.sumauma.net/haicai/haiku-theory.html
4) Haiku for People http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/
5) Haiku Home Page http://home.clara.net/pka/haiku/haiku.htm
6) Haiku Links http://www.execpc.com/~ohaus/haiklink.htm
7) Haiku Theories http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiartjr.htm
8) History of Haiku http://www.big.or.jp/~loupe/links/ehisto/ehisinx.shtml
9) Japanese Haiku http://k12.albemarle.org/MurrayElem/Projects/langarts/haiku/japanintro.html
Semantic Rhyming Dictionary
A rhyming dictionary is like a regular dictionary, except that instead of
looking up the definition of a word, you look up the rhymes of a word.
Similar Website:
2) Online Rhyming Dictionary from Write Express http://www.Rhymer.com/
Young Poet's Contest (Grades 4-12)
The purpose of the poetry contest is to bring recognition to young writers. Here you find submission guidelines and an online entry form.
Young Writer Online
Young Writer is an online magazine featuring the best in English language creative writing from children aged 6 to 16 from around the world. Fun, instructive and designed to build any child's confidence, Young Writer is a forum for young people's writing &endash; fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry.
Websites for Teachers
Haiku, Chaiku, God Bless You: Teaching Japanese Poetry Writing at Education World
Here you can read a curriculum article that provides a few hints about teaching Haiku to middle school students in Louisiana.
Similar Website:
2) Haiku Lesson by A. Matson http://www.indiana.edu/~japan/LP/LS3.html
ISLMC Poetry for Children
Great links to resources for teaching poetry in the classroom.
Online Poetry Classroom
This website contains lots of great lesson plans and links to information about teaching poetry.
Outta Ray's Head Poetry Lessons
Here you find a list of articles and links on teaching poetry.
Poetry Covers It All! by M.G. Broughton
The intent of this collection of ideas for poetry is to provide teachers with ways in which poetry could be integrated into the daily classroom curriculum. With a little ingenuity and creative planning, poetry can become an integral part of each day's studies.
Poetry Power
Here you find ideas and resources for teaching poetry.
What Rhymes with Squirrel
This great website provides lots of great ideas for students and teachers. Try some of their activities and explore their links.
blank verse
free verse
heroic couplet
concrete poetry
dramatic monologue
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 11/99. Updated, 5/03.