The idea is simple… Students use the titles of books to create poetry!
Teaching poetry to reluctant writers can be a daunting task. Especailly for students who have difficulty beginning a writing piece. Using book titles relieves the burden of writing original sentences and phrases. Instead students can choose existing book titles, arranging them in a way that creates an interesting poem, sentence, or phrase.
Have students begin by looking through book titles in your library or classroom shelves. Encourage students to either find titles that express a similar mood (for example sad, happy, or scared) or create funny sentences when put together. I find it best to limit students to 2-3 books at first. Have students play around, stacking titles in different arrangements. When they create one that they like, students should write it down on one of the following worksheets.
Take pictures of each student’s stacked books to create a great classroom display!
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