A Week-Long Poetry Unit

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Problem: I’d love to examine poetry with my class however I’m undecided how to go about it.

Solution:  Read on!  Here is a method to construction a week-long examine of poetry:

poetry unit

Preparation – Choose a number of poems for you kids to work on all week.  For 2nd graders I’d select four to 7 poems relying on their size.  I preferred to make copies and provides every scholar a packet so they may underline and make different marks on the poems.  Make word of vocabulary phrases used within the poems that your college students may not be aware of.  I discovered it was useful to make a easy Powerpoint slide present with these phrases, their definitions and an image cue.

Monday – Read every poem aloud to your class to allow them to sit again and luxuriate in them.  You can select to discuss new vocabulary phrases earlier than or after studying the poems.  I like to have college students undergo and underline the brand new vocab phrases after we read the poems so we will give attention to how these phrases are used all week.

Tuesday – “Poetic devices” sound intimidating however they’re simply the instruments that poets use to create which means and make their poems attention-grabbing.  Here are a number of poetic units I’ve discovered that college students can often deal with fairly nicely:

 poetic devices anchor chart

Choose an acceptable variety of poetic units to introduce to your college students based mostly on their age and their quantity of expertise with poetry.  I like to introduce a number of of the extra fundamental poetic units (maybe line breaks, imagery, and rhythm) the primary time we examine poetry, after which add on as we revisit poetry later within the yr.

Explain the poetic units that you just selected.  Then problem your college students to hear for these as they read the poems once more.

Read every poem chorally as a category.  Stop and establish poetic units and possibly even mark them with a star.

***Get a FREE printable chart of poetic units HERE!***

Wednesday –  Remind your college students of the poetic units they simply realized yesterday.  Read the poems chorally collectively.  Dig into the poet’s craft.  They used these poetic units for a cause.  Discuss why.  Here is a chart I created with my class concerning the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

  Notice and name poetic devices with students using an anchor chart like this, helpful for teaching poetry in the elementary classroom

Thursday –  It’s necessary for college students to know that not all poems rhyme, however a few of them do.  Most kids are good at figuring out rhyming phrases however they are going to be stunned to see that some poets use a predictable sample of rhyme again and again of their poems.  Here is an instance of marking a poem’s rhyme scheme.

 Poetry activity for elementary classrooms, use letters to make the rhyme pattern in a poem

If you begin marking traces and you’ve got A, B, C, D, E, and so forth. and also you’re not discovering traces that rhyme, then you’ll be able to conclude together with your college students that the actual poem you’re taking a look at doesn’t have a rhyme scheme.

Friday –  After learning the poems all week I feel it’s enjoyable to have some form of extension exercise.  I particularly love artwork actions and since poets “paint pictures with words” there’s nearly at all times some form of artwork connection you may make with poetry.  When we read the poem “Trees are the Kindest Things I Know” by Harry Behn, we responded to the road “they are the last to hold the light, when evening changes into night” with these silhouette work:

 silhouette tree art projects for kids, this went with the poem "Trees are the Kindest Things I Know" by Harry Behn

You might have kids carry out the poems with their greatest expression or act the poems out.  They might write their very own poem in a mode comparable to a poem you might have studied.

I like to throw in a week-long examine of poetry each 6 weeks (as a result of that corresponds to when my language arts items are coming to a detailed).  I really feel like the primary time we have a look at poetry throughout the yr the kids aren’t as excited and I really feel like I need to not be educating it nicely.   But then once we do “poetry week” the following time and the following time it will get an entire lot higher.  They begin to acknowledge the poetic units on their very own and may take much more which means away from the poems.  So…should you really feel like educating poetry flops at first, give your kids one other shot at it a number of weeks later.

Here’s a enjoyable useful resource over at my TeachersPayTeachers retailer to enable you to should you’d additionally like to get your class occurring writing poetry.  It contains planning graphic organizers, posters, lesson plans, vocabulary actions, and writing challenge templates.
 poetry writing unit

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Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade academics.

Author: Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade academics.