Why Poetry All Year?
Children LOVE writing poetry! It is less taxing for their hands and more
demanding on their creativity and brains. Writing poetry is “critical
thinking” at its best!
Children don’t often think of poetry books as an option for independent
reading time. This unit changes their thinking. I have a huge bin of poetry
books, and as we study different units throughout the year, I read poems to
complement each unit.
I will give you, the teachers, the EXAMPLES as to how I teach poetry all
year long. You can change it up, depending on what curriculum you are
teaching, no matter what the grade level. I believe that poetry should be
integrated into your yearly curriculum. Students love to apply their
knowledge in creative ways! Writing poetry is one of the best “formative
assessments” I know of in order to determine what students know and
remember. Writing poetry helps students recall information, retell
information more creatively, and use the poetic strategies I teach them to
apply what they know.
Reading their own poems to the class, or for a “Final Exhibition” helps
students learn to read clearly and dramatically, with expression. Reading
poetry helps students listen and speak to the public. (Speaking and listening
is a part of the Common Core Standards).
There is no greater way to promote literacy to a diverse group of students
than to teach children how to read and write poetry. Poetry writing allows
students to express themselves in ways they did not think possible. For ELL
students, poetry writing helps them learn new vocabulary, repeat the
vocabulary using “comeback or repeated lines,” and write succinctly with
success. Poetry reading and writing is a gift that teachers can give to all of
their students, not just in April during Poetry Month, but all year long!
Note : At the back of the packet are some templates that you can use with
your students to write various kinds of poems about various subjects.