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5 Best Poetry Apps for Students

From the youngest age, little kids love the rhythm of rhymes, and poetry is a great way to help kids develop literacy skills. Poetry helps in language development, creative language skills, creativity, writing skills, self-expression, and in the development of natural rhythms. As they get older, children are drawn to the more sophisticated patterns of poetry and free verse. 

Making poetry available and fun for children is an important part of a child’s education. As parents, we may know that reading is important but not stop to think about the value of poetry. Children really do benefit from positive experiences with poetry. This list includes some of our favorite poetry apps for young readers. 
Looking for a poetry app your students? Check the list of best poetry apps for Android and iOS devices.

A fun app to spark creative imaginations to create poems and stories. The goal of the Word Creativity Kit is to encourage children to play around with words and language as they learn to become the writers of tomorrow!  We like how students can get a jumpstart on the creativity process by using a selection of randomly generated words.  There are 7 word categories to choose from, and more than 4500 words total.  We like how the app features a unique interplay between the written word (text) and visual design (adding backgrounds and stickers, etc.), however we did find some of the menu systems a little unresponsive. Students can then combine as many word categories as they like, as well as add their own words.  Students will decorate their creation with multiple backgrounds as well as stickers, making their very own creativity book which can then be shared. 

Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is an iPhone and iPad app that combines great poetry, memory skills, and gaming into one beautiful app. In this game, you must memorize classic poems in stages and ultimately learn them in their entirety. Poems By Heart includes classics by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics teaches users how to memorize the poetry of dozens of poets using a game delivery.
Users after selecting the app are asked to fill in the key words needed to complete the poem. To frame the sentence, a line of poetry is shown to users, and they have to decide which words from a bank of options best complete the line.
Users are given immediate feedback indicating whether their responses were correct, and Poems by Heart gives users an overall score based on their accuracy after they respond to all the blanks. Plus, users can repeat the poem as many times as desired, which allows them to memorize the poem until it is, indeed, known by heart.  It was a fun activity for the students who enjoy reading out loud and recording themselves. Users earn points and achievements reciting poems from heart, with recordings they can share online and email to friends. Each poem is ranked on difficulty level and stored in the user’s poem library.

Word Mover

( iPhone, iPad )

Word Mover is a educational app that allows kids to explore language through moving tiles to create words, phrases, and poems. Children can use their own words or use ‘Famous Works’ to shuffle words around and create their own poem.  The app mimics poetry products featuring magnetic word tiles. There are big opportunities for learning with this app; the trick is making sure that kids engage with it with guidance.
Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text. Use the Word Mover tool to play with word families and listen for rhyme, then sort real and nonsense words, alphabetize the words, and create a story or poem using the words in this activity.
Kids can learn how words combine to form phrases and sentences, and they can experiment with making their own meanings from words. They can manipulate language by creating new poems from scratch or mixing up words from existing texts, and they can learn how to change words to make subjects and verbs agree. They also can explore how language changes over time and in different contexts. For example, the words in "America the Beautiful" are very different from the words in the "I Have a Dream" speech. Word Mover is a visually appealing app that mimics an engaging real-world product; guidance will help kids get the most out of it.

Acrostic Poem

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

The Acrostic Poems tool helps students learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word. 
After reading a text, teachers can have students select the most important word from the text and make an acrostic poem with this app about the word using information from the text. Students can save their poem and share it in a small group.

Poetry Creator Verses allows you to create your own poems using a variety of dictionaries. Designed to look like word magnets, the app is great for poets who love to explore and play with words. You can even then share your masterpiece on Facebook or via email. The app is free and works on iPhone or iPad. However, you can also upgrade to premium to get access to eight more dictionaries that include a Hip-Hop dictionary and a Beatnik dictionary.