Online Poetry Workshop for Youth

in response to school shutdowns amidst COVID-19

Youth poetry matters in a pandemic!   Young people help document the stories of this time.  

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Professional poets from throughout California offer creative poetry writing lessons for youth and families.   Lessons are free to everyone and require no prep.  This online workshop is growing and lessons will continue to be added throughout the pandemic. 

Submit your poems for potential rapid publication on our website! 

We are gathering student poems generated by these lessons on our website here. 

 

Parents or guardians for youth under 18 must submit a release form.  Students 18 and older and submit their own release form.  We have simplified the release form to include an electronic signature - no printing required.  There is an option to upload your poem directly on the form however a Google account is required.  If you prefer, please fill out the form, then send submissions to:  californiapoets@gmail.com

Click here to access a release form in English. 

Haga clic aquí para acceder a un formulario de publicación de poesía en español.

 

Thanks to the California Arts Council for generously supporting California Poets in the Schools.

1

EPISTLE FOR A PERSON

OR A PANDEMIC

writing a letter poem

created by:  Meg Hamill with inspiration from Karen Benke

geared towards:  grades 1-12 

4

ALL IN THE FAMILY

created by:  Dan Zev Levinson

geared towards:  grades 3-12 

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5

Prartho Sereno's Magical Homebound Lessons for Kids #3 (grades 1-3)

 Prartho's second Poetic Journey is in two parts: The first part reminds us of the magic of words and asks us to expand our wild imaginations beyond the animal kingdom we explored in session #1.  Click here to visit Prartho Sereno's youtube page where you can participate in part two of this lesson, as well as many more.

6

How to Sound Like an Expert on Anything in 10 Easy Steps!

created by:  Fernando Albert Salinas

geared towards:  Grades 5-12

7

In Two Minds

created by:  Margo Perin,Sonoma County Area Coordinator for CalPoets

geared towards:  Grades 3-6

8

Love/Not

created by:  Margo Perin, Sonoma County Area Coordinator for CalPoets

geared towards:  Grades 7-12

S.L.A.M.! Poetry -- (Serious Language About Me!)

9

created by:  Jessica Wilson Cardenas

geared towards:  Grades 6-12

10

Secret Places, Cozy Places and Hideouts

created by: Lois Klein

geared towards: Grades 2-6

11

Spring Haiku

created by:  Terri Glass

geared towards: Grades 3-12

12

Making a Poem Hum

created by:  Terri Glass

geared towards: Grades 3-6

13

I Am (Metaphor, Chant)

created by:  Grace Grafton, Susan Kennedy, Phyllis Meshulam 

geared towards:  (with modifications) Grades K-12

14

For You are the Earth 

created by: Phyllis Meshulam 

geared towards:  (with modifications) Grades K-12

15

If I Lived Inside

(my favorite food)

created by: Rosie Angelica Alonso  

geared towards:  Grades 1-6

photo credit:  NASA, Aplllo 8, Bill Anders,  Processing:  Jim Weigang

The Extraordinary Ordinary

16

created by:  Cie Gumucio

geared towards:  Grades 4-12

17

Blue Moon Warning

created by:  Alice Pero

geared towards:  Grades 3-12

18

The Talk-Yell Poem

fun & easy to write at home 

created by:  Claire Blotter

geared towards:  Grades 3-12

19

Dear Basketball

created by:  Christine Kravetz

submitted by: Michele Pittinger

geared towards:  Grades 4-7

20

What Say You, Moon of Moons: Creating a Moon Loon

created by:  Jackie Huss Hallerberg

geared towards:  Grades 3-5

Original inspiration for this lesson from John Oliver Simon (a long-time Poet-Teacher for CalPoets and former member of our board). Read about him here.

21

Animals on the Move

created by: Grace Marie Grafton

geared towards:  Grades 1-3

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22

I can, I can't,

I wish I could

created by: Grace Marie Grafton

geared towards:  Grades 1-3

23

In poems, anything can happen

created by: Grace Marie Grafton

geared towards:  Grades 2-4

24

Moon Poem

created by:  Michele Rivers

geared towards:  Grades 1-3

25

Perspective:  A Museum of Self 

created by:  Blake More 

(with inspiration from multiple internet sources as well as an uncredited lesson from a CalPoets' Teacher)

geared towards:  Grades 3-12

26

Learning to Take Dictation from Mountains, etc.

created by:  Eva Poole-Gilson

geared towards:  Grades 3-12

27

Memories of Me: Writing about Your Life and Experience 

created by:  Sandra Anfang

geared towards: Grades 4-12

28

Chaos and Order

created by:  Brennan DeFrisco

geared towards:  Grades 5-12

29

Color Poems

created by:  Lea Aschkenas

geared towards:  Grades 2-5

30

The Mask Speaks (extended metaphor)

created by:  Grace Grafton & Terri Glass  

geared towards:  Grades 3-6

31

Lyrical Muse

created by:  Meredith Heller from her upcoming book Write a Poem, Save Your Life!

geared towards:  Grades 3-12

32

I am Offering This Poem

writing an offering poem and making clay sugar skulls 

created by: Rosie Angelica Alonso

geared towards:  Grades 4-12

Photo by A01329582-Daniel - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83583933

33

Quarantine Quatrains!

created by: Kyle Matthews

geared towards:  Grades 4-12

35

Line Breaks and Rhythm in Poetry

created by: Pamela Singer

geared towards:  Grades 1-6

36

Color My World

created by: Maureen Hurley

geared towards:  Grades 1-6

Image by Sujith Devanagari

37

On the Other Side

a poem in couplets

created by:  Margo Perin, Sonoma County Area Coordinator for CalPoets

geared towards:  Grades 1-12 (with modifications)

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