To piggyback off of Jee Young’s post, I thought I would share what I do during my poetry unit. I love, love, love, it when it is time to write poetry!
To kick off the unit I give my students a poetry notepad that they get to design, I purposefully make it long and skinny to help the students create line breaks. Here are a few examples of my students’ notepads from last year:
I love how each student’s is so unique (some of my students used three our four notepads throughout the unit!).
Since it is unrealistic to expect a child to write poetry for thirty to forty-five minutes, my teaching partner and I created centers. First, we have our mini-lesson (courtesy Lucy Calkins), and then we slowly introduce centers. For the first week, I explain a different center every day, or every other day. As the unit goes on, they are required to do each center a certain amount of times each week, along with their writing time.
I am including a few of the centers we do:
“Missing Titles“- Students read a poem with the title missing and have word bank of titles to choose from.Click on the title for the link to the poems I use!
“Line Breaks”- Students are given a poem in paragraph form, they get the chance to create their own line breaks, and then they rewrite the poem. Here are a couple of examples: Beavers in the Bathroom,Hammock,Broccoli for Breakfast,Wavy Hair, and Shaking.
“Visualize the Poem“- At this center, students read a poem and then draw a picture of the poem. Simple! The link is to the poems that I use.
“List Poem”- at the beginning of the poetry unit have each student bring in a random object from home (anything from an old watch, to a stuff animal, to a Pokemon card). Keep these objects in a basket, and allow students to look through the basket to create a list poem.
I also have a center where students can read poems to each other, practicing how to read a poem.
Here is a poem that I love to use when I start of my unit (poet’s look at everyday objects with fresh eyes), thanks to Lucy Calkins!
by Zoe Ryder White
I think there are a hundred bees
inside the pencil sharpener
and they buzz
until my point
Do you have a center you love to use during your poetry unit? SHARE!
4 thoughts on “Poetry Centers”
Love this poetry centers ideas!! Thanks for putting all those resources as well .:)
Love the long skinny notepad idea and thanks for the center ideas and resources! Love that Lucy Calkins!!!
You are very welcome, sharing is caring! Lucy Calkins is pretty much my best friend 🙂