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Second graders write rhyming poems. In this poetry writing lesson plan, 2nd graders discuss the meaning of the word "funny." They use word tiles to create a rhyming poem which they transpose into their writing journals. They listen to readings from Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends." They use the tiles to compose a quatrain which they also write in their journals.
Students listen to the poem The Fourth from the book Where The Sidewalk Ends, and explore the literary technique of onomatopoeia. In this literary devices instructional activity, students discuss the meaning of the word onomatopoeia, then create a list of onomatopoeia words to use in an original poem.
Sixth graders complete a worksheet. In this poetry lesson, 6th graders learn about the differences between narrative poetry and lyric poetry. Students read poems and determine which form of poetry they are as well as identify characters, settings, plot problems and plot solutions. Students complete a worksheet on the types of poetry.
Good readers visualize. And in our image-rich culture it is imperative that children are provided with opportunities to practice this important skill. A selection from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, are among the resources suggested here to use for visualization practice. Pupils listen to the text and then draw what they see in their mind’s eye.
Improve readers' comprehension with a pair of visualization opportunities. First they listen, eyes closed, as you read a description from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, and discuss ideas about what they "see." After you read Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick," pupils draw what they visualized from the text and share with group members to compare/contrast their work.
Here are a series of lessons which introduce 3rd graders to classic and modern poetry. They are exposed to many different poems and discuss their meanings. Then, they are coached on how to construct a poem of their own. This incredible, 37-page packet of activities should leave your kids with a greater understanding of poety and hopefully, a strong desire to create more.