Poetry Writing Unit | Writers Workshop

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This writing unit explores the world of poetry through the lens of the Earth. Teach about different kinds of poems as well as environmental information - perfect for Earth Day! Students will learn the rhythm and flow of poetry through word choice, beats, and alliteration.

The writing skills that are highlighted in this unit are:

  • rhythm and flow
  • beats and alliteration
  • types of poems
  • free verse writing
  • concrete poem writing
  • using facts about the earth and environment to write free verse
  • persuasive writing
  • shades of meaning words for writing poetry
  • haiku writing
  • acrostic poem writing

This unit is JAM PACKED with ideas to teach writing every day.

This set includes:

★ Setting up for success

★ Weekly pacing guides

★ Links to resources, as well as extension ideas including using technology.

★ 4 Mentor texts titles with lesson plans and matching activities that are designed to interest even your most unmotivated students because the activities are not all writing based but transfer over to writing.

★ Writing anchor charts specific to each individual unit

★ Writing vocabulary for the pocket chart or writing wall for every book.

You will need:

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

Our Big Home by Linda Glaser

Human Footprint by Helen Kirk (National Geographic)

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

When learning to write, we want our students to be engaged, motivated and successful. Each and every set will take you through the elements of a great writing program step by step.

This stand alone unit is part of a complete bundle of detailed and comprehensive units with opportunities for choice and collaboration. It is designed to help learners to develop a growth mindset when they learn to write.

Each writing unit has alternate spelling and is aligned also aligned with the Write Traits.

Alternative spelling is included for Canadian students.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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