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Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 15-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computer with Internet access
- “A Good Poem Will Give You Goose Bumps!” by Kenn Nesbitt
- Poetry books
- Chart paper
- 8-½” x 11” paper for portfolios
- Markers, crayons, and pencils
- Pocket chart
- Sentence strips
- Highlighter tape or sticky notes
|1.||Read "A Good Poem Will Give You Goosebumps!" by Kenn Nesbitt. This article provides background information explaining why poetry is good for children and important in the classroom. The author also suggests five ways to engage your students with poetry.
|2.||Compile the following materials into one place for easy access:
|3.||Set up a "Poetry Corner" for storage of all of the materials used during the lesson (e.g., pointers, sentence strips, poetry books) and poems that your students study throughout the year. Allow students to visit this area and review previously learned poems by using the pointers and sentence strips to work on voice-to-print matching, sequencing, and poetic language.
|4.||Before beginning your poetry studies, have students illustrate the My Poetry Portfolio cover sheet. Share the poem on the handout and then ask students to illustrate the poem.