This lesson builds poetry writing skills by modeling how to brainstorm, write, revise, edit, and share the song “Old MacDonald”. In 24 pages, the child will
• choose and write animals and animal sounds,
• edit lines by checking for spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read or sing aloud the poem to others, and
• listen and ask questions.
animals, animal sounds, check, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask questions
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
W.1.2: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.3.8: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
L.1.2d: Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
SL.1.1a: Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
SL.2.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Also: RL.4.10, RF.1.1c, L.1.1, L.1.2, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.2.4
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
5.D: Use a picture dictionary to find words.
13.A: Plan a draft by generating ideas for writing through class discussion.
13.B: Develop drafts by sequencing the action or details in the story.
13.D: Edit drafts by leaving spaces between letters and words.
13.E: Share writing with others.
14.B: Write short poems.
21.A: Listen attentively by facing speakers and asking question to clarify information.
Also: 22, 23
This poetry writing pack is the twelfth and final lesson of Book 23
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
For the poetry reading companion to this writing lesson, please see "Respond to Poetry 2: Lesson 12, Book 21 (Newitt Poetry Series)"
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