Here are some ideas for introducing and teaching poetry in the classroom.
- Focus Poetry: I have been using focus poetry every day for the past few years. I will explain it briefly… We focus on a poem each week. I set aside 5-10 minutes of class to for Focus Poetry. Students are given poetry notebooks, to place poems in. Each day we focus on a different concept [reading, visualizing, illustrating, understanding, reflecting]. It is a great way to keep poetry in your classroom yearlong. This is the resource I use Poem of The Week, it works great because it is set up to use weekly.
- Poetry Notebooks: I use poetry notebooks every year. This is where my poetry elements, and more. It is something we set up at the beginning of the year and progresses throughout the year. It becomes very meaningful for them. This is the item I use for setting mine up, it is helpful and that I focus on different types of poetry throughout the year.
- Read poetry together as a class:Choose a few poems for your students to read. Encourage them to pick out themes, meanings, and other literary devices. You may also want to introduce several types of poems, such as haikus and acrostic poetry, for example.
- Have your students do poetry projects: Encourage your students to write an essay on the poems you learn about it. If you want to take a more creative approach to this, you might also have them do a poster project, illustration, diorama, collage or any other creative project that will allow them to show what the poem means to them.
- Encourage students to write their own poems: Perhaps the most fun way to introduce poetry to children is by encouraging them to write a poem of their own. They can either write their poems in their Poetry Notebooks or they can put them on poster boards to share with the class.
My Favorite Poetry Resources
Here are some of my favorite Poetry Resources: I use this Poetry Unit, which has several types of poetry to teach to students throughout the year or for a unit of study. The poem type is explained and an example is given, then students are allowed to create their own poem for each poetry style. It also has posters and other helpful tools to help with your poetry unit! You cannot go wrong with this compete unit! Poetry Unit Bundle
This is a new unit I put together this year that is more interactive. I love it because it really allows students to take pride and LOVE poetry with all the components! It is created to have all the pages fit perfectly into a composition notebook! It even contains my very popular Flip Book! The great thing about this is you can have your students use it all year or focus on working on it during your poetry unit of study! Poetry Interactive Notebook
Some of my favorite and unique activities are my pennants! I love seeing the images that teachers send me of the poetry pennants! It is such a unique way to have students learn each style of poetry! You will love displaying these! And… of course my very popular flip book is something your kids will LOVE creating and saving with their poetry! These are great as an addition to my Poetry unit or Poetry Interactive Notebook.
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