To start, we reviewed the Reading Handbook-Literary Craft and Structure Terms in the rBook (Stage C Flex II pages 288-289). I had my students review the poems in the rBook for enjoyment and then break out the poetry books from the library as additional resources. Students could also write or bring in their own poems to share with each other---whatever helped to keep the creative juices flowing!
To help organize topics for classroom discussion, we made poetry menus, where students partake in three courses. Students choose from appetizers, main entrees, and dessert items to share with their classmates.
Check out our thought-provoking Barnes' Poetry Cafe Menu (B. P. C. M.):
Enjoy a Three Course Meal
Appetizer: Before Reading
Students share their thinking on how the poem was chosen.
Tell us your thoughts and opinion on the pictures, format, and appearance of the poem.
Think about the title. What does it mean to you?
Why did you choose this poem?
Barnes' Favorite Main Entrées: During Reading
Students share their thoughts while reading the poem.
The poem says...
The poem means to me...
Examples of Figurative Language (similes, metaphors, alliterations, personification, anthropomorphism, onomatopoeia)
What is happening?
How do I feel when I read the poem?
Share examples of the following: Mood, Synonyms, Antonyms, Tone, Hyperbole, Allusion
Dessert: After Reading
Students share their feelings after reading the poem.
Model the B. P. C. M. with students by reading aloud a poem and modeling the three courses before encouraging them to select a poem.
Enjoy your week of poetry. It just might be the encouragement students need to share their own personal writings!
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