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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Twelve 50-minute sessions|
Grades 7 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Grades 2 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this lesson, students practice a way to communicate without words by using a glyph. They create a name card using information about themselves. Students also interpret glyphs made by others.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 5
Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  August 1
Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  July 10
Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
Grades 9 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Albert Somers offers teachers a vast compendium of resources for teaching poetry in a highly accessible format.
Grades 6 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.
Grades K – 8 | Professional Library | Journal
This article discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure and describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices.