The Free January A Poem Each Week has arrived.
The days are short, the nights are long and I keep watching for a shard of green grass to shoot through the ground. This month we are focusing on cold, gray days. These poems will take us down new roads and help celebrate the New Year.
Poetry is great for read alouds and introducing and reviewing standards. This month we are looking at four winter and holiday themed poems.
Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day by Kenn Nesbitt
(found in the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups)
January by John Updike
The sky is low, the clouds are mean, by Emily Dickinson
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
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.
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