Sixty-eight pages and twenty-one chapters - 29 rhyming poems offering a creative, flexible approach to the teaching of poetry in the junior grades.
If taught on a daily basis, the 21-lesson unit can be completed in a single month or teachers can pick-and-choose among the lessons highlighting particular poetry forms and/or skills and concepts.
Each lesson can be taught within in a 20-40 minute time frame - either in a strictly oral or written format, or a combination of both.
The order of the lessons is also flexible, although there is some cumulative ordering of skills.
The unit takes the students step-by-step through different aspects of poetry appreciation and poetry writing. Topics include poetic structure, literary devices, tempo, point-of-view, parts of speech, rhythm, rhyming schemes, poetic license and many, many more.
The 29 original poems feature a variety of types, lengths and styles. Most are rhyming - the kind of poems that kids like best.
You may wish to check out Island of the Blue Dolphins - a free offering on Teachers Pay Teachers done by the author.
The writer of this novel study has had more than 60 curriculum units published. These are available in such outlets as Chapters and Staples and most stores for teachers.