Includes a famous poem for each month of the school year with a brief bio and picture from authors such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, etc.
Why Poem of the Month?
To increase fluency in reading, I have my students memorize a poem each month. They recite it on the last day of the month. The repeated readings of poetry are great for increasing a child’s fluency. The students also love that they have a number of famous poems that they are able to recite by the end of the year. For many, it also instills a love for poetry in my students and leads to an understanding of poetry that a single unit cannot accomplish. I feel that using this unit has also helped my students write better poetry for our April Poetry Month Unit. It can be easily used with “The Great Poetry Race,” too. Students can have parents/families/friends sign their poem sheet when they read it to them. The student with the most signatures on their sheet is the winner of the race for that month and gets a special classroom incentive. I have also included a short biography on each author, poetry memorization techniques, and a poetry analysis sheet which you can use for each poem at the beginning of the month (when you hand it out).
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.