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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses
|Grades||1 – 3|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 30-minutes sessions and two 50-minute sessions|
Grand Haven, Michigan
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write theme poems that are printed and displayed in class.
Grades 3 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
This lesson teaches intermediate students to “use the experts” to learn how to revise to create sharp, sensory-rich experiences for their readers.
Grades K – 5 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
Grades K – 6 | Professional Library | Journal
This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 3 – 5 | Activity & Project
Use shape and theme poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, as a fun way to introduce children to poetry.
TIPS & HOW-TO'S
Grades K – 6 | Tip & How-To
Encourage creativity and word play by helping a child recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing one.
Grades K – 5 | Podcast Episode
In this episode, Emily and guest Sylvia Vardell explore fun ways to read poetry with children.