Writing Poetry

April is national poetry month.  Poems are fun for students to read any time during the year.  They are typically short which is less intimidating for struggling readers or ESOL students.

Writing poems is also fun for students.  Many of the traditional writing conventions are not as strictly enforced in poems.  Students can use fewer words to convey powerful messages.  Poems are a fun way to play around with language.

When teaching poetry there are a number of terms that students are expected to learn. I have developed poetry writing task cards to help introduce students to rhyming, alliteration, imagery, and onomatopoeia.

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Collaborating and the Daily Five

As an ESOL teacher I collaborate with many different classroom teachers.  Ideally we would have ample time to coplan together.  Typically what ends up happening is I stop by a classroom for a few minutes in the morning.  Things are rushed as we are both trying to get things ready for the day.

 

This past fall my husband (who is a 2nd grade classroom teacher) implemented the Daily Five in his classroom.  We worked together to look over lessons and develop resources together.  We joked that this is the kind of co-planning we both wish there was more time during the school day to do.

 

We found a lot of posters on Pinterest for him to use.  We also made some when we couldn’t find ones to meet a specific need: 4 Ways to Read with Someone and Check for Understanding Bookmark.

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