This is a beginning of the year activity based on the poem "Read" by Rebecca Kalusky. The poem can be used to teach choral reading for fluency practice, memorization, expression, intonation, rhythm and rhyme.
After this activity, the poem is then used to create a "poetry portfolio" folder to store other poems written by students for other authors to be used throughout the school year. The instructions include an example showing an illustrated portfolio.
This activity is written for third grade but can be adapted for younger or older students, special needs students, and even RTI groups as well!