Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring is Here! Poetry Hop


I have joined up with my AMAZING literacy friends from The Reading Crew and we have put together this Poetry Hop in order to share some poetry ideas, poetry resources, and FREEBIES...
POETRY! 
That one, 6-letter word can send shivers down the spine of an unsuspecting 6th grader.  I have learned that depending on previous experience, it ranks right up there with these other horrors...
HOMEWORK!
DICTIONARY!!
STUDY!!!
My sweet students:
"Mrs. Beers, I hate poetry!"
"Isn't Dr. Seuss a poet?  Dr. Seuss is SO kindergarten!"
"Can I just rhyme a few lines and be done?"

Me: "Sorry to hear that!  Dr. Seuss is actually quite clever, even for adults, but we will not be focusing on his work.  Poetry is not about just rhyming a few lines.  Stick with me, I promise you will LOVE it!"

So I do what I hope every teacher works to do-CHANGE their impressionable minds into LOVING poetry with TRICKERY!  Just kidding, instead of trickery, I utilize two AMAZING novels by Sharon Creech that seamlessly incorporate INCREDIBLE poems that will both challenge and engage students, and I teach them strategies to analyze poems that encourage them to feel more comfortable reading and understanding poems-Love That Dog and Hate That Cat! In addition, I give them the task of becoming the teacher and helping their student, Jack, find his way into accepting poetry and becoming a superstar poet in the process through poetry analysis and journal writing.  You can check out these novel units, and then hop to my FREEBIE below...

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Love-That-Dog-CCSS-Novel-Unit-for-Grades-3-6-1184279

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hate-That-Cat-CCSS-Poetry-Novel-Unit-for-Grades-4-6-1370029

If you don't have time for novels, grab this FREEBIE sampler that I created.  The entire We HEART Poetry!  A Poetry Analysis BUNDLE gives your students the tools they need to make poetry analysis successful in 8-LESSONS.  I know that there are years of extra snow and less school days, so I need to get my students where they need to be in the time frame that I am allotted.  This is the ideal poetry resource to connect your students to poetry and make them LOVE it in a snap!  Grab this snippet and let me know what you think!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-HEART-Poetry-A-Poetry-Analysis-SAMPLER-for-Grades-4-8-1804823

Enter to win all of my poetry resources below!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
I hope your students learn to HEART poetry as much as mine have!  Now head to my friend, Sandy's blog, Sweet Integrations, to find another FANTASTIC resource.  Happy Poetry Hopping! 

http://sandycangelosi.blogspot.com/2015/04/poetry-blog-hop-poetry-and-nature.html

A special thanks to these clip artists for their festive work...
Educlips, Jen Jones, and Epiphanous Owl.

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19 Comments:

At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Emily Levine said...

I love doing color poems with my students. They turn out so colorful and creative!
Emily
scheinbere@hotmail.com

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Renaissance Teacher said...

My students always seem to like limericks and haikus best. Something about the structure and the shortness of the poems makes it all less intimidating to start with.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Literacy Junkie said...

My students love to preform partner poetry and write acrostic poems.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Carla @ Comprehension Connection said...

Erin-I love your post! Middle school humor! I can totally hear my fifth graders saying the same thing. I love your materials and this freebie is awesome!
Carla

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Deb Hanson said...

I love all of these activities!!! They look so engaging!

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Susan said...

I would not know what to do if a taught almost middle school.....I am a 2nd grade teacher. I need to do more poetry ALL year long.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Susan K. said...

Haikus are definitely the most popular - quick and easy for the kids. Me, I love Doug Florian's poems! Love all your ideas here!

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Michelle Brezek said...

I used to use Love that Dog when I taught seventh grade, and it totally makes them poets! I hope I win your units - Love that Dog and Hate that Cat are two of my favorite books! :-)
Michelle
BigTime Literacy

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger JS said...

I also have used both books with sixth grade language arts. The concrete poems were extra fun.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Markisha said...

I love doing personal poems and having students write their own after learning the different types.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Purple Palmetto said...

I love both of these books. My friend told me about Love that Dog a while ago. Readers can so feel the young boy's feelings. My students love poetry, so long as we break it down for them. Thank you.

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger tweenteacher said...

I love using music and lyrics. Can be time consuming to sort through all the lyrics to make sure there are no surprises, but songs have GREAT examples of figurative language and students can always relate. Try introducing song lyrics without the music and see if they figure out it is a song they all know. It is fun to see the "light bulbs"!!

 
At Friday, 10 April, 2015 , Blogger Suzy Q said...

Loved Love That Dog when I taught sixth. Now that I am in second, I stick to funny poems so the students enjoy poetry!

 
At Saturday, 11 April, 2015 , Blogger Gay Eskew said...

My students like to do acrostics.

 
At Sunday, 12 April, 2015 , Blogger Karen H said...

I love digging into the literary devices of poetry.

 
At Sunday, 12 April, 2015 , Blogger Courtney Petzold said...

I have won over the hearts of some of my students with "Love That Dog", too! I would love to have your unit to coincide with reading the book. :)

 
At Sunday, 12 April, 2015 , Blogger Penelope said...

Both of these are fantastic books for kids. Your products look awesome. Thank you for the giveaway.

 
At Sunday, 12 April, 2015 , Blogger Kim said...

Love that Dog and "Love" that Cat! These look like wonderful resources. :)

 
At Monday, 13 April, 2015 , Blogger Mrs. Spangler in the Middle said...

Both of these novels by Sharon Creech are excellent! My middle schoolers actually cried over "Love That Dog" (me too).

-Lisa
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

 

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