Need Help Poetry

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  1. luckyal29

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    Teaching poetry definitely is not one of my strengths. My goal is for the students to write a simple short poem. 2nd grade 20-30 min.

    The only poetry I've done before is a shape poem. The topic revolves around water (rain, ocean, waterfall, etc). I'm trying to use the poem as a launch to our unit about water (it was suggested by the teacher's edition, on the basis I knew how to teach poetry). Students will express their prior knowledge/experience about water through the poem.

    I was going to get a Circle Map going with ideas related to water. But then I don't know how to transition those ideas into poetry writing. Could really use some help/ideas. Thanks
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    I love the Lucy Calkins "Units of Study for Primary Writers"...the poetry book is my favorite...I've met and worked with Stephanie Parsons, the author of the poetry units- she's great...

    If you go on this link: http://www.unitsofstudy.com/samples.asp

    There is a sample poetry lesson and a 'strategies poets use' printable...

    Shape poems, cinquains, diamantes- that kind of stuff- it just doesn't seem to bring out the 'real poet' in kids, kind of constraining trying to get the words to fit a shape or a specific pattern of adjectives, verbs, etc...
    Teach them to look at the world with "poet's eyes"...looking at the world in a different and creative way (young kids are great with this...they do it naturally when they pretend...)

    Here's a poet's eye poem for you:

    'The ceiling is the sky for our classroom'

    Also:

    'I think there are a hundred bees inside our pencil sharpener...and they buzz and buzz and buzz...Until my point is sharp!'

    Both poems are by Zoe Ryder White-
     
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    I'm terrible about teaching poetry to my students because I don't really like it much myself. :eek:
    I just taught them acrostic poems, using their names. We talked about adjectives then, too. They had a blast with it. We typed them up during computer lab.
     
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    Search A to Z lessons on poetry. I have found some pretty useful lessons on this site.
     
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    I've been successful teaching poetry as a kind of poem rather than with certain topics. For example, you could teach haikus (great for 2nd grade as they have to concentrate on words and their syllables), acrostics (take the students' names and write them vertically, and the students come up with adjectives that describe themselves. I did this and had students choose each other's names and write poems about each other). You could do...um...limericks, which follow a rhyme pattern. Or just start each day with a new poem and have students write their own poems that mimic that one.
     
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    Read lots of poems to and with kids. I use several "poetry" writing books. We begin with poems that just need some words filled in then move to different types of poems like peachacid mentioned. Do lots of modeling. My kids really like to do poems.
     
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    Jack Pretusky (I think that is how to spell his last name) has some really great poems about school that kids can relate to well. I read one to the kids whenever we have a free moment. One of mine recited one in a poetry competition.
     
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    I did a few poetry lessons when I student taught in third grade. The lesson and type of poetry my class loved the most was onomatopoeia poetry. They enjoyed "playing" with the sounds and they also learned that not all poetry has to rhyme. They were all very expressive it and it was a joy to see them excited about poetry!
     
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    Teach personification -- kids are willing to see all sorts of things as human or human-like, and it's the kind of thing where you can go from gross physical characteristics (such as a car's headlights being referred to as eyes) to more subtle characterizations such as rain angrily drumming on a roof, to eventually more iconoclastic images attributing acts or emotions to objects one might not expect.
     

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