Poem in Your Pocket
Pen or pencil
All students and teachers pick one poem they love (or one they've written). Everyone writes out their poem and carries it around in their pocket over a day or a week. Poems may be shared or read aloud.
School-wide or community-wide activity Ask businesses to offer small discounts to customers carrying poems Classes post pocket-sized poems in public places Pass poems out to community members Compile student writing into an anthology
Why it Works
Builds interest in poetry Allows students to share their interests or writing and to engage in their peers' Encourages reading aloud
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406 for many variations on Poem in Your Pocket. Poem in your Pocket day is celebrated every April.