Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring is Here Poetry Hop

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Welcome to the Spring is Here Poetry Hop!  I've joined a bunch of literacy specialists to bring you some free poetry themed resources just in time for poetry month.  Check out my freebie below and then continue on the hop by following the buttons at the bottom of this post.  Have fun!
One of my favorite poems to do with my students is a diamond poem.  It's a little more complicated than some of the poems we do with younger kids, but it still gives them a structure to follow, which they (and I) love and need.  Plus I feel like the poem double dips!  It's a great opportunity to work on parts of speech, word choice, and vocabulary as well as poetry writing.
Above is the structure that I follow.  Basically they are choosing two antonyms.  The top of the poem is about one of the nouns and the bottom of the poem is about the other.  The middle line connects the two.
Here's a simple example.
In order to work on word choice, I like to use a planner with my students.  Otherwise they rush and the poems would be full of the first words that enter their minds.  I first have the kids fill in as many words they can think of for each category and not worry about the number needed for the actual poem.  We use the dictionary, a thesaurus, and any word walls in the room to do this and add better words.  After brainstorming LOTS of words, I have students go back and highlight the words they plan to use in their poem (the best words of course)!  This eliminates every poem having adjectives like happy and verbs like walking.
After highlighting the best words to use in the poem, we write a final copy on one of the above templates.
Click the above image to download the freebie from Google Docs.  Enjoy!
Read Write Think also has a diamond poem creator that you can find here if you have access to technology or if your kids like to do that kind of thing at home.
Above is an example I have saved from a couple years ago.  You can find more online poem generators from Read Write Think here.

Continue the hop by clicking below!