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Poetry Centers
Poetry Centers
Add PIZZAZZ to your poetry unit! This resource includes 78 printable pages that can be used to launch poetry centers in your classroom as each skill/strategy is introduced through a mini-lesson. The centers are designed to reteach and reinforce. ALSO...the resources could also easil
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Haiku Tunnel Books
Haiku Tunnel Books
Tunnel books are unique and fun! A tunnel book is a three dimensional movable book that you read by looking through it. Originally from the mid-18th century, tunnel books are enjoying a new popularity as an art form in their own right. The tunnel books you've seen may look complicated, but I've dev
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Nonfiction Earthworm Articles Differentiated with Common Core Assessment
Nonfiction Earthworm Articles Differentiated with Common Core Assessment
In second grade we focus so much of our time on the life cycle of different animals. In my class we use a unit that includes this fundamental science concept with an everyday creature. The superheroes of soil, earthworms! This unit can completely stand alone and needs no other connection. However, i
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Poetry - Writing Poetry for Middle School or GATE Elementary
Poetry - Writing Poetry for Middle School or GATE Elementary
Students will write 10 of their own poems, one for each of the following: hyperbole, metaphor, personification, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, connotation, and antonym, and then they will create one poem that combines simile and metaphor. The directions are very explicit. Not only does t
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Taskcards, Tic-Tac-Toe Menu, and Graphic Organizers to Analyze Poetry
Taskcards, Tic-Tac-Toe Menu, and Graphic Organizers to Analyze Poetry
The packet includes a graphic organizer to use when analyzing any poem touching on many poetic elements, a poster to accompany the graphic organizer, a Tic-Tac-Toe menu differentiated by Multiple Intelligences, and taskcards differentiated by Bloom's Taxonomy. These resources would be great to use
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Primary GATE with Caldecott -- Owl Moon Pop-up and Critical Thinking
Primary GATE with Caldecott -- Owl Moon Pop-up and Critical Thinking
Now with a more kid-friendly pop-up option: Owl Moon is incredibly rich in critical thinking potential, rich in artwork, and rich in the feelings words evoke. Come along for a challenging lesson and a fun extension activity with the poetic 1988 Caldecott Award winner Owl Moon. Critical thinking
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 -- Analysis and Creative Writing with Poetry
Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 -- Analysis and Creative Writing with Poetry
Get your students thinking critically and writing creatively with this analysis resource of Shakespeare's Sonnet. Your students will read, analyze, and then write their own sonnets! Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 sounds like it was written by a teen -- full of angst and sorrow! That's wh
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Figurative Language Learning Menu
Figurative Language Learning Menu
This is a learning menu for figurative language based on Bloom's. The menu may be used with a lesson or unit for figurative language. Teachers may decide to make this an assignment or use it for early finishers. The printable includes directions and all of the activities.
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General Poetry Analysis
This form is excellent for starting students off in analyzing poetry. My video also gives some tips on a few poems to begin with and how I instruct students in the beginning to analyze poetry. This resource is also available in the bonus section of my book, "Basic Sentences to Essays: A Quick &
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Taskcards to Analyze Poetry Using Grammar
Taskcards to Analyze Poetry Using Grammar
This Free resource can be used with any poem to get them to think about grammar and poetry in a new way.
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FREE Sentence Starters and Expectations for Paideia Seminars
FREE Sentence Starters and Expectations for Paideia Seminars
Do you conduct Paideia Seminars with your students using novels, poetry, or other text or media selections? If so, you will want this product! You will receive "Sentence Starter" cards and "Expectations" cards--there are 2 on a page. Simply print and copy the cards on colored card stock, cut them out
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Poem: Everybody Makes Mistakes
Poem: Everybody Makes Mistakes
I wrote this for my students to encourage them to take chances, risk mistakes, and learn from them. I put it on a bookmark and gave it to them, along with a brand new pink eraser.
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Mending Wall by Robert Frost Think-Tac-Toe Choice Board
Mending Wall by Robert Frost Think-Tac-Toe Choice Board
This Think-Tac-Toe for Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" is based on the applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating levels of Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. This packet includes Frost's poem and the think-tac-toe grid. CCSS: RL7.2, RL7.4, RL7.5, RL7.6, W7.9, SL7.3, L7.5 RL8.2, RL8.4, RL8.
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State Testing Practice Pack -- Expository Non-fiction, Poetry, Math
State Testing Practice Pack -- Expository Non-fiction, Poetry, Math
Get your kids ready to score proficient and advanced in three areas with the State Testing Practice Pack. These three practice lessons are an advanced challenge for 4th grade and appropriate all the way up through 8th but best targeted to 5th and 6th graders. No matter what grade you use them for,
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Pets!  Writing Poetry with Primary Students
Pets! Writing Poetry with Primary Students
Here are 5 different poems children can write about their favorite pet - whether they own one or wish for one. 1. My Pet ___________ The Important Thing about My Pet (based on the book The Important Book By Margaret Wise Brown If I Were A _________________________ Number Poem A ____________Can…
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Poetry: Meter & Scansion
Poetry: Meter & Scansion
A resource giving an overview of meter and the rhythm of poetry.
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One Two Buckle My Shoe Counting Fun
One Two Buckle My Shoe Counting Fun
Do your young mathematicians need practice with counting to 12? Do you want them practice their number words as well? Do you enjoy making connections between literature and math? This packet contains the Mother Goose Ryhme, "One Two Buckle My Shoe" and several counting activities. Students will c
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Poetry vs. Prose Lecture Notes
Poetry vs. Prose Lecture Notes
This resource will serve as an excellent tool for students to easily identify the similarities and differences between prose and poetry.
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Classifying Metaphors for Reading & Writing
Classifying Metaphors for Reading & Writing
In 2014, I began searching for an interesting new way to launch discussions about metaphors we encounter in our reading or metaphors we explore through our writing. The first page of this packet explains and introduces the metaphor classification system I created for launching discussions about me
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Tic-Tac-Toe Monthly Project  - Poetry
Tic-Tac-Toe Monthly Project - Poetry
This tic-tac-toe is used during our month long study of poetry using Lucy Caulkins and Ralph Fletcher. I teach it during November and December, allowing the kids finished product to be given as gifts. The middle block is that we do in class, however you can change this to fit your needs and/or you
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GIFTED ED 4 Point APEC Extended Response with Silverstein Poem
GIFTED ED 4 Point APEC Extended Response with Silverstein Poem
Using APEC format, students are asked to answer a reflective question about the Shel Silverstein poem- Where the Sidewalk Ends. I use this poem at the beginning of the year with my gifted students to introduce/practice APEC and to introduce subjective questioning... where no answer is necessarily wr
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CREATIVE HUMOROUS POETRY | READING and WRITING | Gr. 4-5-6 | POETRY JUBILEE
CREATIVE HUMOROUS POETRY | READING and WRITING | Gr. 4-5-6 | POETRY JUBILEE
CREATIVE HUMOROUS POETRY for READING and WRITING POETRY JUBILEE has great poetry ideas POETRY POWER: tips, plans and tools for teaching poetry with 15 different poetry writing formats. Poetry writing examples: free verse to rhymed verse; serious poems about n
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The Count of Monte Cristo & Characterization: Where did Edmond get his Phizzog?
The Count of Monte Cristo & Characterization: Where did Edmond get his Phizzog?
Novel Unit Relevancy: ? Edmond Dantes’ actions are based on various stages of moral development throughout The Count of Monte Cristo. In the first third of the novel, you could argue that Edmond is handed his lot in life by others; thereby, causing the changes in his moral development. This pairin
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Logic Grid Haiku Introduction
Logic Grid Haiku Introduction
I created this logic grid as a fun, engaging, and memorable way for my gifted students to be introduced to Haiku. Once they learned the word, through this short brain teaser, we began a poetry unit comparing many forms of poetry from around the world.
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Poetry Reading and Writing Cumulative Project
Poetry Reading and Writing Cumulative Project
This project is a great project to do at the end of a poetry reading unit, or on its own for a poetry writing project. It requires that students create a portfolio of both their own poems that they have written, and an analysis of 4 other poems. The have a choice of writing a haiku, limerick, sonnet,
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Poetry Toolbox: I Have Who Has? Game Reviews Similie metaphors rhyme...
Poetry Toolbox: I Have Who Has? Game Reviews Similie metaphors rhyme...
This 34 card set reviews tools used in poetry such as; similes metaphors onomatopoeia meter palindrome alliteration line refrain rhyme stanza Types of poems: sonnet narrative poems parody ode concrete poem couplet epithet acrostic anagram cinquain free verse haiku limerick pun and more! Cards wil
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O'Captain, My Captain/Frederick Douglass
O'Captain, My Captain/Frederick Douglass
In this activity, students compare and contrast the two poems, "O'Captain, My Captain" by Walt Whitman and "Frederick Douglass" by Robert Hayden. Discussion and comprehension questions are included. Specific skills targeted include: Vocabulary, symbolism, divergent thinking, conflict analysis, poet
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Poetry and Figurative Language Practice with Song Lyrics
Poetry and Figurative Language Practice with Song Lyrics
Looking for a fun activity to practice poetry elements and figurative language? Help students find poetry everywhere, including the lyrics of their favorite songs! This competitive activity (part of my
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Weekly Reading Log with Depth and Complexity Icons
Weekly Reading Log with Depth and Complexity Icons
Help your readers stay on track with this weekly reading log. We use this as homework but it could easily be used in the classroom as well. Students track their daily reading, including title, time spent reading, and pages read. On the back, there is space for a text response. At the end of the w
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Handout on Tone Atmosphere and Mood for a Poem by Emily Dickinson
Handout on Tone Atmosphere and Mood for a Poem by Emily Dickinson
This is a three page handout that uses a poem by Emily Dickinson to help students find the tone, mood, and atmosphere in the poem. It allows multiple perspectives and can be used with students in pairs or in a group. If students do this handout, then class discussion of the poem should be enriched. M
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Poetry Patterns
Poetry Patterns
Students are introduced to a variety of traditional and modern literature as well as 28 poetry patterns. Patterns include diamante, quatrain, cinquain, couplet, limerick, alliteration, haiku, triplet, found poetry, lantern, riolet, quinzaine, abc poetry, and more. The literature and poetry patterns w
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Extended Metaphor Poem & Walt Whitman's Captain O' Captain
Extended Metaphor Poem & Walt Whitman's Captain O' Captain
Use the model of Walt Whitman's Captain O' Captain to teach students how to write their own extended metaphor poems.
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Pizza Personality
Pizza Personality
An extremely adaptable activity that gives students the opportunity to use higher level thinking to analyze their life and personality in order to compare it to a pizza. They write a poem, decorate a pizza box, and construct a pizza as part of their final product. This can be used from Kinder-12th
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Figurative Language Stations with Booklet
Figurative Language Stations with Booklet
Students rotate through six interactive figurative language stations. There are directions included for each station. Students will scan a QR code, watch a short video describing that type of figurative language in more depth, write the definition, and complete a short activity in a booklet to reinf
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Twas the Night Before Christmas Common Core Study Guide for Middle School
Twas the Night Before Christmas Common Core Study Guide for Middle School
This product includes the text of the poem, a vocabulary activity, questions about form/style, and an SBAC style SCR. The SCR also includes a template for students to follow in order to write a solid paragraph response. It is based on 7th grade standards, but due to the cyclical nature of the Common
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The Count of Monte Cristo and Poetry: Synthesis Writing and Critical Thinking
The Count of Monte Cristo and Poetry: Synthesis Writing and Critical Thinking
Students complete a multilayered synthesis writing assignment based on the poem, Changes by Carole Bos and the novel, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This two-page lesson is LOADED like your plate at Thanksgiving with critical thinking galore: text-to-text connections, real-world app
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TONE: How To Convey Tone with Dialogue, Actions, and Descriptions
TONE: How To Convey Tone with Dialogue, Actions, and Descriptions
Students in grades 5 through 10 can be enriched by this lesson that explores how altering tone via careful word choices can alter the reader's experience. The tone of one’s written words, like spoken words, affects how we communicate with others. The problem with texting and emailing quick notes is
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As I Was Going to St Ives Math Connection
As I Was Going to St Ives Math Connection
In the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts students are building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction. In the math standards, students are developing a deeper understanding of concepts. Using literature with math content can deepen students understanding. Mother Goose Rhymes are a pe
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"Owed to a Greasy Earn" [A Poem]
"Owed to a Greasy Earn" [A Poem]
[All profits from this work go to the Homeless ("A Hand Up" Organization).] In spite of the humor of the title, the poem is laden with symbolism and rather sad imagery. It speaks of a rancher who is retiring an old tractor. Obviously, the event is filled with many memories, and relates to human fr
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Seashell Poetry - A creative lesson in figurative language
Seashell Poetry - A creative lesson in figurative language
This is one of my favorite units to teach! Within the medium of seashells, students analyze a poem for figurative language, practice using figurative language -- specifically similes, metaphors, and sensory details (those that pertain to all 5 senses) and include the descriptive, figurative language
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"Beware the Haunt of the Doohicker!" [A Poem]
"Beware the Haunt of the Doohicker!" [A Poem]
[All profits from this work go to the Homeless ("A Hand Up" Organization).] This is a silly poem that provokes analytic thought to determine its theme ("silly humor"). ["Aids Orphans Remembered"]
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Cynthia in the Snow Poetry Worksheet
Cynthia in the Snow Poetry Worksheet
This is a two page worksheet, which can be used separately or together. It includes the poem's text, notes and activities to assist students with analysis of the language features, tone and meaning. I would enlarge the first page onto A3 to make annotation easier for the students. If you give them
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Greece: The Song of Orpheus
Greece: The Song of Orpheus
Studying Greek Mythology, poetry, or songwriting? This activity leads students to explore the Greek myth of Orpheus, who traveled to the Underworld to free his one true love from the grasp of Hades by singing a beautiful, magical, original song. This activity contains brief informational text abo
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Fibonacci and Poetry
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Poetry Activities for Students: Writing Your Own Poetry
Poetry Activities for Students: Writing Your Own Poetry
Writing Your Own Poetry is written for students 2nd – 5th and their teachers. The enjoyment of poetry is learned through interactive self-expression in lieu of reading someone else’s poetry. Starting with the definition of poetry and followed by helpful ‘Teacher tips’, these poetry lessons are com
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Math-ku- Math for the Poet in Everyone
Math-ku- Math for the Poet in Everyone
Math-ku -Math for the Poet in Everyone- Math-ku is a blending of math, poetry, writing, and syllabication inspired by the book Guyku-A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds, What a way to assess what students know by using a higher-level thinking format! The 1st page guides
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Tribute to Lewis Hine, "A Boy on the Porch," [A Poem]
Tribute to Lewis Hine, "A Boy on the Porch," [A Poem]
All profits from this work go to the Homeless ("A Hand Up" Organization).] This is poem that vividly deals with the harsh subject of child labor during the early part of the twentieth century. Aids Orphans Remembered.
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STEM Through the Months: February
STEM Through the Months: February
"STEM Through the Months: February" includes lessons and projects for National Freedom Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and STEM lesson starters for each and every day in February. This edition is designed for teachers, parents and students. Using daily, weekly and monthly-t
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STEM Through the Months: April
STEM Through the Months: April
"STEM Through the Months: April" includes lessons and projects for Children and Nature Awareness Month, Earth Day, Poetry Month, Math Awareness Month and STEM lesson starters for each and every day in April. This edition is designed for teachers, parents and students. Using daily, weekly and monthly-
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Color The Senses: Using Sensory Details, Metaphors, & Similes in Poetry
Color The Senses: Using Sensory Details, Metaphors, & Similes in Poetry
This mini pack helps guide students in creating their own original poetry! Includes student samples that exemplify the use of sensory details, metaphors, and similes. Students use divergent thinking to expand on their ideas of colors. Can be used in a poetry unit, figurative language unit, and/or an
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Poems 43 original poems
Poems 43 original poems
There are 26 letter poems and 17 more, just for fun. They are kids friendly and great for weekly memorization. They can be used to learn site words and high frequency words. Each poem is in three formats. Glittery, light ink and plain Jane to meet your needs. The 26 letters are the same poems in t
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Most Used AP English Literary Terms PowerPoint Presentation
Most Used AP English Literary Terms PowerPoint Presentation
This 103-slide PPT presentation covers more than 130 of the most-often-used literary terms found on the Advanced Placement / AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition exams. The presentation is also useful for 8-12 grade non- AP / Advanced Placement courses includ
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POETRY like a PRO - Analysis and Writing for 4th through 8th and GATE
POETRY like a PRO - Analysis and Writing for 4th through 8th and GATE
You will find yourself going home and bragging about the results to whoever will listen. Everything is right here so you can begin today! Poetry analysis and writing are two of the most difficult and elusive areas to teach. But there is method to the madness. I’ve found a method that works, and y
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