Poetry is not a genre, but a way to express different genres in stressed and unstressed syllables. Poets create their poems as stories of phrases and lyrics.
We will learn about stressed and unstressed syllables. We will talk about rhyme and rhythm.
We have a great set up in my third grade class for learning figurative language, so by learning the figurative language, we will easily be able to incorporate it into our poems/poem studies.
Writer's Workshop- Instead of just having a Reader's Workshop next year, I will include a day for Writer's Workshop--instead of just journaling. I haven't spent much time other than journaling to focus on writing in my classroom--I need to change this. (This is where we will learn about Poetry- Writer's Workshop)
To get my students involved and reading Poetry, I will bring my collection of Shel Silverstein (my favorite children's poet, and grade level appropriate poems) to school. We will read some of his poems aloud and have our mini-lessons about different types of poems start here. He does a great job of writing poems that many children can relate to-life, nature, friendship, animals, colors, fantasy.
We will focus on the different types of poems.* Limerick, Haiku, Lyrical, Free Verse. We will spend many of our Writer's Workshops focused on those, finding examples and learning about the different characteristics of the poem types.
After reading examples and being able to pick out what type of poem they are reading my students will be able to create their own poems. They will also draw pictures to match their poem. It could be a picture of a simple thing their poem is focused on, or it could be an entire scene, for example a picture of a river and animals around it.
It is such an important piece that my students learn to be confident and share their poems with the class or even just with a partner. So after we learn about poems, examine many examples, and create our own- we will then share our poems with others around us. We will have small group discussions about our poems and how we all do/don't relate as well.
****SIDE NOTES!!!--from this lesson and being able to pick which topic to study I am so glad poetry was an option. I do not do my best getting poetry in my classroom, and now that I want to have a Writer's Workshop and have more meaning for writing in my classroom next year than just journaling, this will be a great place to start! -MORE POETRY!! exposing my students to many different types of poetic writing!!