Writing Workshop Poetry Unit Overview A 2-5 week unit of study Publishing, Celebrating 5 Writing, Editing, Revising 3 & 4 Collect and Generate ideas 2 Immersion 1 Phase: Week:
Immersion Nurture the love of poetry in your students by reading poems from the very first day of school.
Read Aloud What to choose?
Read Aloud Through Shared Reading Display poetry throughout the year all around your classroom.
Distribute student copies for students to put in their poetry notebooks to read and illustrate.
Offer poetry opportunities for independent reading.
Highlight poets as Part of your spotlight on “Author of the Month” “Poetry is really everywhere-especially surprising places-where Most people wouldn’t think of looking.” ~ Georgia Hurd “ I love finding the right word. The stupendous, the magnificent, and the ordinary words. I collect them.” ~ Rebecca Kai Dotlich “… a good poem contains both meaning and music.” ~Eve Merriam
Create exciting activities for your poetry unit beyond reading and writing. Make poetry part of your literacy program beyond your poetry unit in Writing Workshop.
Talking about poems Your students will naturally begin to notice the elements and structure of poems during the immersion process.
The Mini-Lesson Keep it short and to the point!
Highlight student work Make a student “famous” by showcasing her poem and having her assist in the mini-lesson.
Celebrate the power of words Collect words in creative ways.
Getting their feet wet: Where Do I Find Poetry? Where can we find poetry?
The actual process of writing
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’ the facts he learned about them.
Young writers Students in primary grades need to develop their confidence and voice as writers.
Use templates Encourage individual topic choice.
Conferring Young students need more support.
Editing and Revising Pick your battles.
Don’t Forget To Share! “ A time when kids speak with, listen to, and LEARN from one another.” ~ Leah Mermelstein
Publishing and Celebrating
Resources for Teachers Use the web.
Ready to have a go? Questions? Comments? Write your own.