The Poetry page on Teaching Resources offers a variety of materials for teaching poetry. Here you'll find graphic organizers and other resources to assist you and your students in exploring the power of poetry. The free items are activities I have created for my classroom and most don't include directions. However, my Mini Packs include complete directions, printables, and examples. Enjoy the resources!
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Poetry Matters is the most amazing book! Whether you love teaching poetry or the subject makes you feel a little uncomfortable, you need this book! Buy it and read it yourself before you use it with your students, and it will change the way you think about poetry. This is the second year I've used the book with students, and I had the same results both years. Ralph Fletcher speaks to young writers in this book and gets to the heart of what's important in writing poetry. When I read it aloud, my students are captivated by his words, and after just a few chapters they are writing very powerful poems on their own. Some students are finding their voice in writing for the first time this year . . . because poets can break the rules, kids who normally have trouble writing seem to excel in writing free verse.
Kristine O'Connell George is another favorite children's author and poet. She writes simple yet beautiful poems that reach out to kids and connect with them. I loved using them as models for poetry writing in the classroom. Here are some of my favorites poetry books written by Kristine. Click each title to find it on Amazon.com. You can also visit the Kristine O'Connell George website to find teaching guides and free resources to go with these books.
|Poetry Lessons to Meet Common Core State Standards
by Georgia Heard
This book is a fabulous resource for teachers who want to tie their poetry lessons to Common Core State Standards. It offers a very comprehensive look at how poetry connects with CCSS and includes references to specific anchor standards. It includes loads of detailed lessons for teaching the craft and structure of poetry. I was impressed with just about everything about this book! It's a must-have!
The Poetry Friday Anthology
compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
The Poetry Friday Anthology includes one poem for each week per grade level, K-5. Each poem is accompanied by suggestions for 5-minute poetry discussions. The Common Core Connections in this book were a bit weak, but I'm recommending it because it's a great anthology for elementary classrooms.
Take a look at this engaging lesson by Scholastic Teacher Christy Crawford:
Digital Poetry - Make Words Zoom and Fly Across the Room! It uses the Prezi.com free online presentation tool to bring student poetry to life! You have to see it to believe it!
(*Caution: PoemHunter site may contain links or ads that are not kid-friendly!)
Idea submitted by Radene Girola
Last year one of my newsletter subscribers described a wonderful multimedia project she does with her students. She uses PhotoStory 3 which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft, but other multimedia programs would work as well. Radene has her students take the poem "If I Were in Charge of the World" by Judith Viorst and asks them to rewrite it in their own words and create a PhotoStory. She sent me a sample PhotoStory she created for her students, and I have her permission to post it online. Please be aware that this file requires Windows Media Player, and if you have a Mac you might not be able to view the file. (Download the free VLC player from http://vlc.us.com and that should allow you to view it.) She also sent me her lesson overview. I have omitted the original poem by Judith Viorst due to copyright concerns, but you can order the book from Amazon.com or look for it in your library. Take a look at Radene's sample PhotoStory and prepare to be inspired! This would make a great end-of-the-year project! If you have questions about this activity, feel free to contact Radene at firstname.lastname@example.org.