Poetry Unit...

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  1. luv2teach415

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    I'm interested in doing a poetry unit with my 5th graders. I think they're ready for it. Any ideas on where to start or what to do like what types of poetry to do with 5th graders??
     
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    I have a subscription to edhelper.com and I am using a poetry unit from there. It has sheets for just about any type of poem you could think of and walks them through writing those types of poems. I love them.
     
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    There is a poetry unit I got on AtoZ that I like. I also have a couple different books I pull from. My unit includes (but is not limited to) haiku, cinquain, personification, limericks, shape poems, and free verse. Next week we are going to try writing odes to our favorite foods.
     
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    whats a odes? drawing a blank on that.
     
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    An ode (http://www.answers.com/topic/ode) is a poem typically in praise of something; the form goes back to the Greek (ode means 'song'). Classical odes tended to be highly structured and to involve fairly formal language, but the odes written in English in the nineteenth century by the likes of Coleridge and Keats are looser in structure.

    runsw/scissors, what are the chances of getting you to share one or two of your students' efforts?
     
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    I concur TG.:)
     
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    With what do you concur, jw13?
     
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    Why with your definition of the various forms of odes TG(one more)
     
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    (chuckling)

    Do you also concur with the request that runsw/scissors share some student product?
     
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    I'm sorry what was the question?(COHORT)
     
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    (Snork!)

    All right, let me drag you back to the party...
     
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    I am glad you asked this! There is a great poetry website. I saw the 4th graders in one of our computer labs using the site and they were really into it. I meant to post it on here last week and I totally forgot about it.

    Check it out http://www.gigglepoetry.com You will be able to use it in some fashion I am sure.


    Lemon
     
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    Jenny Eather has a fantastic writing site! I used her poetry section earlier this year. It has examples of different poems and instructions on how to write your own.

    I havent been a member long enough to post a link but if you google 'jenny eather writing fun' you should find it :)
     
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    My 5th graders last year loved searching through poems for examples of metaphors and similes. You could copy a bunch of poems for them to highlight.
     
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    I've used the book, You Can Teach Poetry, Yes You Can, and loved it.
     
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    When they get the odes turned in, I will share one or two. Keep in mind, though, that these are 11 year-olds and the attempts will be done in free verse. I didn't want to mess around with rhyme patterns, meter, or anything like this on a first attempt. We'll get to those later when we delve into haiku, limericks, and quatrains.
     
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    I just got a book from Scholastic called Stepping Sideways into Teaching Poetry. It was in the teacher resource section of the April Arrow book orders. I'm really excited about this book, but I haven't had much chance to read it closely yet. I've spent the last two days cleaning my apartment from top to bottom and dealing with a mouse B&E.
     
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    Thanks, I think i'm going to try the odes with my 5th graders. good point on the free verse I was wandering how to get the rhyming in there.
     
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    Odes to Food

    I didn't forget about this. Mid-terms crept on me and I have been scrambling to get papers graded. Almost all of the poems were really good. Here are a couple of my favorites.

    Bacon. They're hissing because they are hot.
    You are flipping out of your pot.
    You look hot and sweaty.
    The nice are so yummy
    And the mean are so crummy.
    Now you go
    And join your friends pancakes and coffee.


    Crab Rangoon,
    So speckled
    In the delivery box.
    Playing hide and seek with the rice.
    You are a good hider
    Crab Rangoon,
    Hiding in that shell.
    We dump you on a plate with egg roll.
    You are jealous of egg roll,
    For holding more food
    In his shell.
    I open egg rolls shell,
    All the stuffing falls out.
    No more will you be jealous of egg roll,
    For all that is left of him
    Is his hard shell.
    You are now happy,
    But you and rice must now
    Be eaten.
    Chomp, crunch, chomp
    All done.
     
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    We are getting ready to do a poetry unit in May. We teach the students several forms of poetry,and have them write their own to make an anthology. At the end of May, we have the students pick their favorite poem (from the ones they have written) and read it to the class. The class votes on the top 3 poems. These 3 people then compete in the 5th grade Poetry Slam. The 3 representatives from each class read their poem to the entire 5th grade, and we get volunteer judges (usually the principal, a building sub, and some specialist teachers) to judges the poems. The winner will take home a plaque during the final awards assembly the last week of school. The kids know about the Slam at the beginning of the unit-and we have had incredible poems in the past. They kids love it!!!!
     
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    I'll have to remember this for next year. Everything seems so rushed this year! We are behind in science, social studies, and English. I don't know if we will get the last novel in either.
     

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