Focus Poetry is a daily part of your literacy instruction and can benefit your students in many ways. Focus Poetry as a daily shared experience can supplement word wall and add to your weekly word work routine. This literacy instructional strategy will expose students to word patterns and language rules in a quick way within the context of reading. In addition, this short, shared experience will help students to build fluency, develop comprehension skills and build student knowledge about the concepts of language.
This product will help you get started in providing Focus Poetry as a daily part of your literacy instruction. Included are 5 poems that I used to launch Focus Poetry in my classroom. The activities are suggestions, but worked well with many different and diverse groups of students.
What is Focus Poetry?
Focus Poetry is a 5-10 minute part of your daily schedule in which students revisit a short poem with the intent to build vocabulary, develop comprehension, broaden knowledge of the concepts of language and help students build fluency. Focus Poetry is an opportunity for all students to participate in literacy activities with minimal risk no matter their level.
Focus Poetry Planning
Within the repetitive 5-day plan, students will be given opportunities to build and develop fluency, work on concepts of language, develop comprehension and respond to text in a variety of ways.
When choosing poetry for this part of the day, keep the poems fun, but also relevant to what you want to accomplish with your students. All students will keep small copies of the weekly poems in a focus poetry notebook for rereading. The week ends with a quick response to the poem. The possibilities are endless. These responses can be oral, artistic, written or a combination.
Provided in this product are:
an explanation of Focus Poetry
Daily schedule possibilities for 120-minute or 90-minute Literacy Blocks
blank 5 Day Planning Tool for Focus Poetry
Concepts of Language Tool (This is not a complete list but is a start. It also provides blank spaces to add concepts not listed as you use them.)
5 pre-planned Focus Poems that include:
a 5-day lesson plan for each poem
enlarged copy of the poem text
small copies of the poem text
Poems used are:
Treasures by Mary Dixon Thayer
I Wear the Most Amazing Shoes by Jack Prelutsky
The Spangled Pandemonium by Palmer Brown
My Neighbor’s Dog is Purple by Jack Prelutsky
An Early Worm Got Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky
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