Today I’m sharing some poetry ideas, poetry resources, and freebie…
That one, 6-letter word can send shivers down the spine of an unsuspecting 6th grader. I have learned that depending on previous experience, it ranks right up there with these other horrors…
My sweet students:
“Mrs. Beers, I hate poetry!”
“Isn’t Dr. Seuss a poet? Dr. Seuss is SO kindergarten!”
“Can I just rhyme a few lines and be done?”
Me: “Sorry to hear that! Dr. Seuss is actually quite clever, even for adults, but we will not be focusing on his work. Poetry is not about just rhyming a few lines. Stick with me, I promise you will LOVE it!”
So I do what I hope every teacher works to do-CHANGE their impressionable minds into LOVING poetry with TRICKERY! Just kidding, instead of trickery, I utilize two AMAZING novels by Sharon Creech, Love That Dog and Hate That Cat! Both seamlessly incorporate INCREDIBLE poems that will both challenge and engage students, and I teach them strategies to analyze poems that encourage them to feel more comfortable reading and understanding poems. In addition, I give them the task of becoming the teacher and helping their student, Jack, find his way into accepting poetry and becoming a superstar poet in the process through poetry analysis and journal writing.
Here are a couple of my favorite poetry study units. Click on the images for a full preview…
If you don’t have time for novels, grab this FREEBIE sampler that I created. The entire We HEART Poetry! A Poetry Analysis BUNDLE gives your students the tools they need to make poetry analysis successful in 8-LESSONS. I know that there are years of extra snow and less school days, so I need to get my students where they need to be in the time frame that I am allotted. This is the ideal poetry resource to connect your students to poetry and make them LOVE it in a snap! Grab this snippet and let me know what you think!
I hope your students learn to HEART poetry as much as mine have!