The Year comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar

Recommended Grades: K-5

Simply written, this book of haiku takes readers through the seasons from January to December. 

Lesson Idea:  


Poetry: Read aloud The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons and use it as a model text for writing poetry, specifically haiku.  Use the organization as a model for students.  Choose a topic and after a study of haiku, have students write their own haiku related to the topic for a class anthology book.

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A book of poems about fairy tales, written in reverso.  Two poems, you read one up and one down. 

Lesson Idea:


Poetry/Point of view: Read aloud Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse and discuss how when you read one poem it tells you the point of view of one character, but when you read the second poem, it tells the point of view of the other character with only a few changes in capitalization or punctuation (ONLY).  In an author’s note, she explains how she played around with this technique to create reverso.  Have students use the same technique to describe two character’s points of view from a novel they read or even two points of view of historical figures during a period of time.

Extensions: Use this book/activity with George vs. George (for content connections) or Voices in the Park (for point of view connections)

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Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art by Justine Rowden

April Theme:  Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and so this month you will find highlights of various poets or anthologies of poetry.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art is a great model to demonstrate for students how poems can come from anywhere.  As the author walked through the National Gallery of Art one day, she was inspired by the paintings she saw, and in her head began to hear music.  The music became a poem and this book is a collection of thirteen poems inspired by famous artwork.

Lesson idea: Provide students with artwork or pictures (a great way to collect pictures/photographs is by using pictures from old calendars) and then ask them to create a poem based on their thoughts and feelings when looking at the picture.  Or, speak with the art teacher and provide a collection of student artwork for students to become inspired by.

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Poetry Speaks to Children Edited by Elise Paschen

April Theme:  Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and so this month you will find highlights of various poets or anthologies of poetry.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (Read & Hear) is a great book to use as an introduction to poetry.  There are 95 poems in the book from 73 poets.  It’s a picture book and storybook in poetry.  The book also comes with a CD that has 50 poems from 34 poets.  Most of the poems on the CD are read by the poets themselves!

Lesson idea: Listen to the poets read their own poems and follow along in the book.  Then have students write their own poetry and record themselves reading it aloud.

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R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young

April Theme:  Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and so this month you will find highlights of various poets or anthologies of poetry.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet (Alphabet Books) is a fantastic resource to use to model and demonstrate various terms related to poetry. The author provides a poem as an example of the term as well as a detailed definition of the term.

Lesson idea: Choose a component of poetry to study (onomatopoeia, alliteration, metaphor) or a type of poem (narrative, limerick, sonnet).  Begin by reading aloud about the component or type of poetry and the example poem.  Provide other examples of poetry with the component or type of poem you are studying.  Have students create a classroom anthology of poetry using the component/type of poem you have studied.

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