Teaching Poetry

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    a good resource might be 'poemcrazy' by susan woolridge or wooldridge (can't remember last name offhand)... i think she did quite a few workshops with younger elementary that could be inspiring. i also like using magnetic poetry kits (they have a kid version) to let students really play with poetry and explore.
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion. I have also spend some time on www.gigglepoetry.com which is a very good site.


    I am open to any other suggestions.....
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    What grade is the unit for?
     
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    Second Grade
     
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    Georgia Heard is great- I saw her present at Teachers' College at Columbia in NYC. Check out her books: (Awakening the Heart is especiallly great!!)
    Boyds Mills Press Books

    Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky: Animal Poems - Short poems for young children about wild animals.

    Other Works

    Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary & Middle School. 11/1998 LCCN: LB1575.5.U5H43 1998 Heinemann. Georgia Heard. Trade Cloth ISBN 0-325-00093-X LCCN: 98-029212 Wholesalers: PUBNET. $ 16.00 (Publisher)
    Writing Toward Home: Tales & Lessons to Find Your Way. 10/1995 Heinemann. Georgia Heard. Trade Paper ISBN 0-435-08124-1 LCCN: 95-011031 08124 Wholesalers: Ingram, PUBNET. 146p. $ 14.95 (Publisher & Ingram)
    For the Good of the Earth & Sun: Teaching Poetry. 06/1989 Heinemann. Georgia Heard. Foreword by Lucy McCormick-Calkins. Orig PB Coll. Paper Text ISBN 0-435-08495-X LCCN: 88-035969 08495 Wholesalers: Blackwell, PUBNET. Copyright Clearance #: C21294. 167p. $ 21.00 (Publisher) $ 16.00 (Ingram)
    Words of True Poems: An Audio Tape for the Classroom (Heinemann, 1998)
     
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    I just finished a poetry unit with my third graders at the end of the year. They always groan at the beginning, but end up loving it. I usually start by introducing them to the different purposes of poetry (to entertain, to express personal thoughts or feelings, to inform) and show some examples of each. Then we make poetry journals and I have students browse my boxes of poetry books in search of a poem that reminds them of themselves in some way. They copy it into their journals and read it aloud to the class telling why they chose that poem. I read a lot of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky poems because they are silly and kids love them. Some of the lessons that follow this introduction are:

    1. Poetic terms (we glue in a list of poetry terms and definitions such as rhyme, onomatopeia, blank verse, simile, metaphor, etc.) In free times, students look for poems that use one of these poetic techniques to copy into their journals.
    2. Rhyming patterns We learn that rhyming poems usually follow a certain rhyming pattern. AABB, ABCB, ABAB, etc.
    3. We learn how to write poems using patterns and examples. Here are the poetry forms I have taught: haiku, limerick, couplet, cinquain, quatrain, diamante, and acrostics. I always model writing each poem first, show several examples and guide them in writing their own. They write them in their journals and illustrate them.
    4. The 4th grade class at my school also has a Poetry Wax Museum to end their poetry unit. Students memorize a favorite poem (usually Shel Silverstein), dress up as the character in the poem, and perform them for the school. They stand out in the halls like statues (hence the "wax museum") and the other grades walk through the halls and stop in front of the 4th graders. They "come alive" and perform their poem for the kids. It's a lot of fun.
     
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    One book I used was Teaching Poetry, Yes You Can. Unfortunately, I don't have the author's name handy. It was very good.
     
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    A poet you might like to share with your children is Dennis Lee. His book Aligator Pie was (and still is) a favourite around our house with my boys.
     
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