Writing Workshop in thePrimary Grades - Poetry Unit These poems were written by my second grade class last year. The students’ range of QuickTime™ and a abilities was from high decompressor are needed to see this picture. academic ability to those receiving resource room, ESL, and/or reading support services.
Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades - Daily Overview Time: Component: 5 minutes Read Aloud 10 minutes Mini-Lesson 25 minutes Independent Writing and Conferring 5-10 minutes Share
Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades - Poetry Unit Overview Week: Phase: 1 Immersion 2 Collect and Generate ideas 3&4 Writing, Editing, Revising 5 Publishing, Celebrating a 2-5 week unit of study
Read AloudCreate a poetry-rich environment.Nurture the love of poetry in your students by immersingthem in poems from the very first day of school.When can you read poetry aloud in the classroom? To begin and end the school day In songs and nursery rhymes To notice word/spelling patterns Celebrating special occasions Studying the content areas of science, social studiesand math
What to read aloud?Share your favorite poems, poets, nursery rhymes, poetry books, and poems you’ve written or collected.Read silly poems, sad poems, happy poems, and poems that make you wonder.Read poems written by students.Use poems that will teach a particular craft technique.
How to Read Poetry Aloud Remember that when you are reading poetry aloud to your students, the way the poem sounds will be inspiration to them in their writing.
Reading Aloud through Shared ReadingDisplay poetry on large chart paper in yourclassroom.Make it a multi-sensory experience:get your students involved in reading, clapping, and acting out poems.Have them visualize pictures in their head.Distribute student copies of shared poems toput in their poetry notebooks to read andillustrate.Notice white space and line breaks.
Shared ReadingPut poems on chart paper Illustrated copy inall around the classroom students’ poetryand provide individual notebooks.copies for students.
Offer opportunities for independent reading.Encourage students to choose to read poetry by: Displaying favorite poetry books in baskets and bookshelves for students to read during independent reading time. Laminating copies of familiar poems to place in theme baskets. Create class books of poetry and keep in a basket. Use poems on sentence strips in pocket charts in your poetry center for students to play and experiment with. Highlight poets as part of your spotlight on “Authors of the Month.”
Talking about poemsBegin to notice elements and structure of poems Poetic language Imagery Craft technique Rhythm/rhyme White space, line breaks What poems are about
Spotlight on the Poet Share quotes “I love finding the right from poets you love. word. The stupendous, the magnificent, and the ordinary words. I collect them.” ~ Rebecca Kai Dotlich“Poetry is really everywhere-especially surprisingplaces-where most people wouldn’t think of looking.” ~ Georgia Hurd“…a good poem contains both meaning and music.” ~Eve Merriam
The Mini-LessonKeep mini-lessons short and to thepoint.Think of it as planting the seeds of theirfuture poems.This is the part of the workshop whereyou help students generate ideas andthey collect these ideas in a writer’snotebook or writing folder.
Ideas for mini-lessonsNoticing poetry in our words.Finding poetic inspiration in our own lives.Reading line breaks and discussing white space.Recognizing rhythm and rhyme.Becoming aware of craft techniques-metaphor,simile, alliteration, repeating lines, onomatopoeia.Introducing different types of poems: concretepoetry, free verse, acrostic, haiku, sensory, etc.Identifying poetic language.
Highlight student work Make a student “famous” by showcasing her poem and having her assist in the mini-lesson.
Celebrate the Power of WordsCreate a poetry word wall.Word detectives can look around the roomto find vivid verb, imaginative adjectives,and knockout nouns!Collect wondrous words in a Word JarCreate a Poet-TreeUse a poetry notebook for furtherexploration of the way language works(word study)
Getting their feet wet: Mini lesson-Where Do I Find Poetry?Inspiration for poetry comes from so many places. Ideas for poems come from: Other poems and poets Observation of the world around us, big and small Inside our hearts and our own feelings.
Mini lesson-Where Do I Find Poetry?Using the poem, Where Do I Find Poetry? To prepare, send home parent letter and homework assignment. In the classroom, have students brainstorm a list of ideas about where poetry hides. Have each student choose their best one and create a class chart using interactive (shared) writing. Re-write the chart as a list poem. This poem may also be used for a mini-lesson on metaphor: “when sky is wrinkled and elephant gray.”
The actual process of writingStudents in the primary grades often need a boost to begin writing their own poetry. Once they develop their writing confidence, they are happy to write lots more poems! Offer a template Have them write a poem “off” of previously written piece Buddy-up with younger or older students to write poems in two voices.
Writing “off” another piece of writing Aiden wrote a book about turtles in our non- fiction unit of study. He then wrote his Turtle poem “off” of the facts he learned about them.
Independent Writing and Conferring Offer support as needed Provide templates of different poem structures Conferencing should be only a few minutes perstudent Ask writers to “tell more, say more” Keep notes about your conference Use the share as an opportunity to conference
Editing and Revising Editing is simpler in a poetry unit since rules of conventions may be broken. Capitalization and punctuation are not the focal point of a poetry writing unit. Revising may be done with a peer or a writing buddy in an upper grade. Revision ideas are often best offered by classmates or older students.
The Share Use the share as a way to offer comments andsuggestions by peers Highlight students who incorporated the topic of yourmini-lesson in their writing that day
A Sensory Poem Using a template, your students can choose any topic about which to write. Encourage them to write about their passions!
PublishingCelebrate the unit! Invite parents in for aPoetry Publishing Party-prepare a keepsake andhave parent/child illustrate Have students recite theirown poems for students in other grades Display poems on a Poet-Tree Create a poetry podcast
EvaluationStudents reflection: Even primary students should be encouraged toreflect upon what they’ve learned in a poetry unitTeacher assessment: Rubric for student achievement
Helpful Websites for Readingand Writing Poetry and More! http://poemfarm.blogspot.com http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/ http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry http://www.poetspath.com http://proteacher.com
Ready to have a go?Choose any type of poem from your packetand using it as a template, write your ownpoem. Or, simply write a poem from yourheart. We will have a brief share if there istime left!
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