Are you bored with your poetry lesson plans? Try these 4 tips to get those plans rocking. Your students will begin to fall in love with poetry.
Poetry Lesson Plan Tips:
Do a lesson a week. Sneak it into your read aloud on those days when your schedule is jammed packed. Pick one of those funny poets. Don’t read it in order. Call on students to give you a page number and jump around. It’s crazy the engagement you get when you do something as simple as jumping around in a book.
Avoid your fear.
At first stay away from those poets you had to dissect in college and go with new voices that don’t make you heart pound. Then once your student’s excitement over poetry makes you forget those memories from the past, go back and read those poets with only the expectation of reading words. You will be amazed at the beauty.
Write poems that follow a pattern.
Think: Haikus, Cinquians, Diamante, Biopoems. These are so good to use for teaching word choice. You can easily spend a class period modeling writing these poems with the help of your learners. Get out a thesaurus and dictionaries and spread them around the room. Write a rough draft and then edit for word choice. Not only are you teaching poetry, but you are using references, teaching editing and revising, and you will be a amazed at what you get. Here is one of my class examples from a few years ago.
Just jump in.
You will find that it is way easier than you ever imagined. And you will find that when you say, “Ok, it’s time for poetry.” your class will celebrate and amaze you with their beautiful insights and writing.
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