I LOVE poetry. I was one of those nerds who loved writing poetry in high school....and even had several published poems back then. I've always loved playing with words and expressing thoughts in unique ways.
Not much has changed....I love seeing my kiddos do this, as well! I really love that we teach a reading poetry unit at the same time as our writing poetry unit. The kiddos are able to read a variety of poems from a diverse group of poets and then use those as models or inspirations to write their own poems!
Here are a few resources that I use when working on this genre with my students.
However, if you're looking for a more diverse set of poetry styles to use (probably with older kiddos...grades 3-6), we have a Poetry Styles #2 Unit that digs even further into styles of poetry that students have probably not been exposed to already.
If you teach in the Intermediate grades (4-6) you might want to check out this Poetry Reading Unit, too. It's one of our best sellers at our Lightbulb Minds site...
Before we do this however, we have to make sure we are REALLY good at reading poetry to an audience. This means we need to be fluent and expressive.
I LOVE to use our whisper phones to help get fluent....if you have not made these from pvc pipes yet, get on it! Google it and head to Lowe's. The cheapest and most effective project EVER and the kids eat them up - they beg for them - honestly!
While we're studying the art of Poetry there are several books that are at the top of my list. I LOVE, LOVE this series of books....
They are FUNNY, catchy and creative. They really teach students to get into the rhythm of poetry since they're all based on well-known childhood songs. I've even had students to write their own before - they're always so creative and cute!
I also love to pull out these books...
The format is perfect for building on fluency and expression.
And, of course, while learning about the craft of writing poems, we also examine poems by some of our favorite authors like Shel Silverstein!
I can't wait to finish up my Poetry Celebration resources to share with you! It's the last learning celebration that we invite parents to each year and I'm aiming to make it a memorable one this year!
Link up with Sabra at Teaching with a Touch of Twang to share some of your favorite poetry ideas! Actually, you can share poetry, weather, or testing ideas at her new Monthly Market linky!