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Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

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Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Twelve 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Overhead or LCD projector

  • Transparencies/copies of poems used for instruction

  • General classroom supplies (chalkboard, chart paper, markers, etc)

  • Writer's notebooks, or paper

  • A wide variety of poetry books to be used for instruction and student exploration

  • Books from Thematic Poetry Collections booklist

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Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Select one or more thematic poetry collections to share with students (see booklist).

  • Choose at least five poetic forms to focus on in this lesson (e.g. diamante, cinquain, 5W poem, bio poem, I am poem, name poem, acrostic poem, limerick, two-voice). See Links to Other Forms of Poetry and Elements of Poetry for additional options and materials.

  • Make copies or transparencies of the handouts for each format you've chosen to serve as models for students' writing. You may also want to find additional examples in the books that you have collected or at the Children's Poetry Archive.

  • Ask students to bring their writer's notebooks to class. They will compose their poetry collections and definitions in their notebooks. Alternately, students can work on loose leaf paper.

  • Make a copy of the Poetry Collection Checklist for each student.

  • Test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press, Diamante Poems interactive, and if desired the Interactive Poetry Collection Checklist, on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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