Adult Ed
An Introduction to Poetry



Amazing things can happen when adult education classes and poetry meet. Struggling readers and writers can find great relief when they discover poetry: complete works of adult literature that can often be read in a few minutes. Poetry builds confidence in inexperienced writers who discover they can produce poetry that is imaginative, funny, and powerful. As is true with all writing, poetry is a place where fluency, vocabulary, and spelling skills can be practiced and improved.


Here are a few good books that are full of ideas for reading and writing poetry. The following two works were written to introduce children to poetry, but there is nothing childish about many of the ideas in them. Teachers can easily use the poems and ideas in these books with adults.
Wishes, Lies and Dreams by Kenneth Koch Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? By Kenneth Koch and Poetry Everywhere by Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe

Here are a few good poetry web sites. They all include links to other online resources.

American Academy of Poetry: (
The Poetry Project: (
The World of Poetry: (
The Internet Poetry Archive: (
Atlantic Unbound Poetry Pages: (


Students will be able to:
  • Follow templates and structures for poetry
  • Write descriptively
  • Put feelings and thoughts in writing
  • Use the Internet
  • Practice oral presentation skills
  • Practice spelling and vocabulary