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Use these resources to introduce your class to poetry, and then host a poetry slam! Purchase, borrow or buy a large drum, hunt down some berets, teach students when to snap and serve up some piping hot cappuccino. Bind all the poems read into a book, and keep the volumes in their own special spot in your classroom library!
Shel Silverstein- The greatest poet who ever lived, hands down. ;) Use these fun packets in April for Poetry Month, or for a unit study on his work.
A Light in the Attic
Shel Silverstein Packet I
Shel Silverstein Packet II
Runny Babbit Packet
Poetic Device Definition Cards- Great for flashcards or reference
Poetry Definitions- Great list for teachers and students to reference, from this site.
Poetic Device Graphic Organizer- Great for honing in on devices found in a poem
I Am Poetry
I Am Poem Template- Prompts to get students thinking about their characteristics. Also great to use when asking students to write about a character from a book-you could have students keep character journals throughout the year and write 'I Am' poems on their favorites.
Haiku Organizer- Graphic organizer for this popular poem
Writing an Acrostic- Lesson ideas and graphic organizers
Poetry with a Twist- Inspired by 'Love That Dog', this lesson teaches shape poems
Personification- Examines a poem about the sky, and then gives lesson ideas for teaching students to personify their own item
Small Poems- Allows student to really focus in on a single subject
Put A Poem In Your Pocket- Cute paper for students to copy poems on. Students can paste them in a writer's notebook or keep them in a pocket for referral.
Sharing Poetry With Children- Article from this site
This Kid Could Be A Poet- Ideas courtesy of Scholastic's Instructor, April/May 2008
- Print these documents out on the magnetic paper, available at Staples. Cut out the words, and use the extra paper on the edges to make squares with 'to', 'the', 'and', etc. Stick to the nearest magnetic surface and watch your kids have fun with poetry!
Poetry Cover- Cute cover for a poetry portfolio
Bookmark Poems- Very cool for your students.
Poetry Self Evaluation- Great tool for students to use while proofreading
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