The 30 Poems Celebration begins April 1st! Let’s celebrate together all that poetry does for our hearts, minds, and humanity. This month-long celebration is all about helping people write poems in a supportive, virtual space. Anyone can participate — life-long poets, new-to-the-craft poets, rhymers, free-versers, musings-writers. The goal is simply to be a part of an extended community of poets. Here are some guidelines to get us started:
Write a poem a day (or whenever you’d like).
A new poem prompt will be published on Ethical ELA every morning. You can compose a poem inspired by that prompt or compose a poem inspired from wherever or however. Post the poem in the comment section. You will be asked to include your name and school hashtag (#wcjh).
If you miss a day or cannot muster the words, no worries. Join in when you are ready. You can still participate by being a reader-encourager.
If you want to commit to once a week (e.g, every Saturday), that is just fine.
If you want to write a poem but not post it, that is fine, too. Perhaps you will simply comment that you did write one.
If you’d like to use a pseudonym, you can, but keep the same one throughout so we can come to “know” and appreciate your contributions.
Read the poems – as many as you can — and offer encouraging comments.
Follow the poems throughout the day and encourage your fellow poets with positive comments. Is there a phrase that resonated with you? Is there a clever line? Are you connecting in a personal way? Are you seeing or understanding something in a new way? This is not the place for criticism.
Take care with your words and the hearts and minds of your audience.
Keep in mind that the poets here are teachers and students in middle and high school, so the content and insights will be diverse. Poetry has the power to move people to feel, think, believe, and act, so be responsible and respectful in your poems and comments. Ethical ELA will remove egregious comments or offensive poems.
Welcome poets from across the country.
- Aspira Early College High School, Chicago, IL #aechs
- Haiku Festival, Chicago, IL #haikufest
- Argo Community High School, Summit, IL #achs
- Independence Junior High School, Palos Heights, IL #ijhs
- Tippecanoe Middle School, Tipp City, OH #tms
- Thomas Edison Charter Academy, San Francisco, CA #teca
- Lincoln Middle School, Berwyn, IL #lms
- Culver City High School, Culver City, CA #cchs
- Fieldcrest Middle School, Wenona, IL #fms
- Wampus Elementary, Armonk, NY #wampus
- Roosevelt, Selma, CA #roosevelt
- Winston Campus Elementary, Palatine, IL #wce
- Winston Campus Junior High, Palatine, IL #wcjh
- Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, Darlington, SC #tbcs
- Sebring McKinley JH/HS, Sebring, OH #sebring
- Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, Washington, D.C. #ccpcs
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Oceanside, CA #mlk