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January 13, 2015

As a classroom teacher in all grade levels from Pre-K through 5th, poetry was always part of my classroom instruction. Poetry was taught throughout the year.
Each year, I would purchase plastic folders for each child to use as their Poetry Folder. We would add poems each week. Students were encouraged to find poems they liked and write them in their folder.
Students began their morning by reading poems privately or to a partner as part of their morning activity.
They would choose a poem to read and record, using web tools such as voki, Blabberize, and Educreations. They would post this recording on their personal/classroom blog.
As the year progressed, student would write in their Reading Response Logs to interpret, analyze, and demonstrate understanding of their poems.
One of my favorite books for teaching poetry to students in grades 3-5, is Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
I once had a fifth grade student, a reluctant reader and writer, who told his parents that all he wanted for Christmas was his own copy of this book.
Read Write Think provides interactive templates for writing acrostic, haiku, diamontes, and shape poems.
Tagxedo is an excellent word cloud tool for writing concrete poems. At the beginning of the year, students would insert their photo into Tagxedo and write a concrete poem about themselves. They would do it again at the end of the year.
The Poetry Thinglink I created includes: tutorials for analyzing poetry,reading poetry, elements of poetry, Read Write Think interactives on exploring line break, haiku, and diamontes, worksheet listing and giving examples of different types of poetry, a worksheet on process for analyzing poetry, a poem by Kid President that can be used as a prompt for writing poetry,and poetry writing lessons from Writing Fix.
When students write their own poetry, they get the experience needed to understand and enjoy poetry.
When they understand and enjoy poetry, they will read more poetry.
As they read more poetry, they are more successful in analyzing and interpreting poetry.
This is my opinion…an opinion based on my 42 years of experience of having fun with poetry in the classroom.

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