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Poetry Break Day- 5ways to teach poetry at the lesson

Today is a Poetry Break Day.

Here are the teaching  tips that will help you in the classroom.

“I Am” poem is a good way to introduce poetry to children, because it allows them to focus on their own characteristics. The process is simple. The “I Am” poem is made up of three stanzas that are six lines each. It follows a specific format with the intention of describing something, often a person or an object. The beginning of each line is already written, and the writer fills in the end of the line by inserting a specific word or words.  As you read their “I Am” poems, you might get to know your kids on a deeper level.

Explain the process for shape poems, which entails starting with a shape and building a poem from there. Some examples of shape poems are haiku,diamantes and acrostics. Shape poetry has to do with the physical form of the words on the paper. While the words, writing style and literary devices all impact the poem’s meaning, the physical shape that the poem takes is significant.  This is a simple and fun way to get started with poetry in the classroom, and kids of all grade levels will enjoy it.

3. Turn Poems into Illustrations

Have students select a favorite poem and illustrate it. This can be done on paper, digitally, on a large sheet of butcher paper on the ground, or on the sidewalk by your classroom. You can use crayons, markers, paint or chalk. Get the kids talking about their poems while illustrating, or just let them draw. After this activity invite the class to do a “poetry walk” around the room or drawing space to share their impressions of the illustrated poems.

4. Use Music to Teach Poetry

Have students pick a favorite song. Next, have them share the song lyrics by reading them as they would a poem. Engage them in conversation about the similarities they note between song lyrics and poetry. Have them “investigate” the poetry in lyrics.

5. Create Your Own Poem in Your Pocket Day

For example, on any day you choose, have your students create bookmarks with favorite lines from a favorite poem. Do a think-pair-share and have students chat about why they choose those specific lines. Did it remind them of something in their lives? A sad or happy experience? Take time to have students read them aloud if they feel comfortable



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