Simplify and take the guesswork out of teaching poetry with these graphic organizers and step-by-step lessons. Model poems and lessons help students learn about the characteristics and structures of poetry forms such as haiku, limericks, and acrostics. Motivating graphic organizers, tailored to each poetry form, guide them in planning, and then writing their own poems. Includes ideas for building fluency and comprehension, extension activities, and a concise summary of recent best-practice research!
Different poems require different approaches. Sensory verse calls for meditating on texture, sound, taste, color, and scent. Concrete poems demand careful placement of words to form shapes, while rap poems must be recited again and again with an ear toward rhythm and beat. As you introduce each type of poem, make students aware of the strategies that bring forth the best features of each and you’ll help generate depth, richness, and authenticity!