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**Poetry Unit for Elementary Teachers or Homeschooling Parents**
If you are at a loss about teaching students how to interact with poetry, this unit is a great starting place! It is non-threatening print-and-go collection, where students learn about the poetry as they complete the lessons.
Included are a total of 20 lessons! Squeeze them into an open spot in your school day -- ten minutes here or there (or more time, if desired).
Interested in having students learn figurative language in context? This poetry is from classic sources, such as Robert Louis Stevenson and other beloved writers, who include figurative language in their poetry. The poetry is chosen for its ease of understanding, while still being rich in vocabulary and imagery. A figurative language reference page is also included, to aid students in uncovering figurative language within the poetry.
This poetry unit contains 15 notebooking poetry lessons and 5 closer look poetry lessons.
Wondering what notebooking is? Notebooking is a fabulous alternative to worksheets, as it allows students creative expression of ideas, rather than rote repetitions of what they have read. For students/teachers new to notebooking, the first several poetry lessons in this unit are examples of Guided Notebooking, giving students ideas of how to notebook with poetry. After students get practice with these ideas, they will be ready to notebook with less guidance. The pages that follow the guided notebooking will allow students to choose how they respond to the poetry. (Notebooking is one type of “Narration” from Charlotte Mason’s instructional methods.)
How about poetry closer look? What's that? Closer look poetry lessons are a more in-depth study of poetry, asking children to begin looking at the meaning of the poems. Students can start playing with language and start writing their own poetry in a non-threatening way. Often times, students are asked to write poetry without ever having read quality poetry. However, within this unit, the closer look lessons allow students to write by using the classic poetry as a jumping board.
Dictation lessons are included in the five closer look poetry lessons. Dictation? Is it like a spelling test? No! Dictation is better than any spelling test. Dictation allows students to study a passage of literature, including spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation in context. After students study the last five poems, they are asked to write as dictation it while the teacher reads it aloud.
When students read and write quality literature, they become better writers themselves. Instead of dreading poetry study, students look forward to these engaging lessons.
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