Happy Holiday Season! The Free December A Poem Each Week has arrived. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s probably the only part of cold weather and long nights that I enjoy. I love the Christmas lights and celebrations, the chilly weather where I can wear my favorite boots, and curling up by the fire with a good book of poems. Poetry is great for read alouds and introducing and reviewing standards.
This month we are looking at four winter and holiday themed poems.
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Dust of Snow by Robert Frost
Dragon Smoke by Lillian Moore
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
A Visit From Saint Nicholas by Clement C. Moore
(T’was the Night Before Christmas)
These discussions and activities give students a chance to connect the poems to themselves and the world around them. Many times we forget the fun of poems because we had to “dissect” them in high school and college. But, kids love it! Poems break rules, have a rhythm that kids understand, and allow them to quickly make connections.
Each of these poems can be easily found in your school or local library. Use these FREE resources to get your students excited about reading poetry. These are great fillers during the holiday season for read alouds, end-of-the day, and winding down from recess.
So what are you waiting for? Grab this December a Poem Each Week and treat your class to a great poem. If you like these you can also download the September, October, and November editions.
Want more poetry for December ? This December Poetry Literacy Center has 4 poems for the month. (The Gift of Kindness, Pearl Harbor, Christmas Tree, and Winter Nights). Each week has 4 different activities for students to engage with the poem. The activities include close reads, informational text paired texts, writing poetry, written response, comprehension questions, art creation, and more!
This Pearl Harbor Paired Text and Close Read lesson is included in the November Poetry Literacy Center. It is also available separately. Included: Poem, Informational Passage, Close Read, Comprehension Questions, Haiku Lesson (with Template), and Written Response.
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