Using poetry in a reading and writing workshop can help students to develop their understanding of literary devices and techniques, as well as their own writing skills. To teach poetry to older elementary students, you can follow these steps.
How to Begin Teaching Poetry
Introduce the concept of poetry. Explain what poetry is, its different forms, and why it is an important form of expression. Have students examine the poetry and write down the text features. What do they notice and how is poetry different from a story? This is a lesson from the first day of the reading workshop that introduces poetry. Students can record the features on the note-taking sheet.
Read poems together. Have a wide variety of poems to choose from. You can use the mentor texts that are provided in the workshop or poetry books from the library. Choose poems that are simple, engaging, and age-appropriate for the students. Ask questions and encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings about the poems.
One of the best ways to get students to understand poetry is to have them copy poems from books they have read. This helps them to get a feel for poetry and create a collection of poems. When they are comfortable, they can move on to becoming authors of poetry. Have students write their own poems. Give students time to brainstorm, write and revise their own poems. Encourage them to play with language and explore different forms of poetry.
Analyze poems. Teach students how to analyze poems by looking at elements such as imagery, rhyme, meter, and figurative language. Write their noticings down on an anchor chart for reference.
Share and celebrate student work. Allow students to share their poems with the class and offer positive feedback. Consider creating a poetry anthology or hosting a poetry reading to celebrate the students' work. Remember to keep the activities and lessons interactive, engaging, and fun. Poetry can be a great way to foster creativity and self-expression in students. Below is a list of the lessons included in the poetry workshop.
Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop is available for grades 2-6. Click on any of the pictures to go to the TpT store.
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