I need a little bit of assistance. (Sorry this is kind of long!) A little bit of background: This is my 2nd year teaching (first year in a new school.) At my old school we used HM in Reading and had to do everything by the book. In my new school I basically have the state standards and teach them in any way I see fit. This would normally be okay, except that I'm rather inexperienced in teaching reading, other than the HM way. I've done okay so far, but this week I'm running into trouble. I have in my plans that I'm going to be teaching poetry starting this week. This the indicator I'm using: Describe the characteristics of free verse , rhymed and patterned poetry I was going to start out doing rhymed this week (we have a 3 day week.) Then go into patterned next week. Growing up I wasn't a huge fan of poetry. I'm stuck as to how I'll teach it. Does anyone have any good ideas????? This is my weakness and I need some suggestions. Thanks!!!