Grade & Setting: Four third-graders in an EC resource setting (30 minutes per day).
Purpose: To submerge students in a wide variety of poetry and poets; specifically, free verse poetry in an effort to redefine their understandings and expectations of poetry.
Hook: Ask students to think about their experiences with poetry.
- Do they like reading it?
- Have they ever read it?
- Have they ever tried to write it?
- Do they have a favorite poem?
- If they don’t like it, why? What do they not like?
After students have had time to process, provide students with black paper and chalk in order to begin a Chalk Talk. Students will silently write their feelings and experiences with poetry in chalk; engaging with their classmates through conversation on paper.
(For more on Chalk Talk)
Poetry Reading: During this time we want to engage students in a poetry read aloud. We have selected poems from
- All the Small Poems, Valerie Worth
- Firefly July, Paul B. Janeczko
- Forest Has a Song, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
- and other selected mentor texts.
Exploration: After reading 6-7 poems that were purposefully and intentionally selected, students will have an opportunity to browse a wide selection of poets and poems in a book browse. During this time, texts will be available for them to flip through, read, and enjoy; further allowing them to build a self-motivated love for poetry.
Poetry Heart Maps: We will provide the materials necessary to create a poetry heart map. This will be a place for students to think through the places, people, and things that they are inspired by. This is a source for students to come back to again and again as they begin to write poetry. We will model the creation of a heart map and then guide students through making their own with support as necessary.
Reflection: Students will complete an “exit ticket” identifying one new thing they learned about poetry during our time together.