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Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Poem Each Week - Introduction


A Poem Each Week is a free program designed to get students reading and talking about poetry. Each week students/classes will read one poem.  The list of poems (you can find in school and local libraries and many are available online) and free discussion starters and activities will be available on my blog Notes from the Portable (notesfromtheportable.blogspot.com) before the beginning of each month.   

Poetry is a great way to get students reading for many reasons.

  1. It isn’t long and intimidating.
  2. There are many types of poems that reach a variety of kids.
  3. They are great for transformations where students can write poems similar to a great author.
  4. They use excellent word choice.  

We want to encourage students to discuss the poems. Some great ways to get them talking:
  1. Print out the discuss cards and have a leader at each lunch table ask the questions as a talking point for students.  Then after lunch have a whole class share about what was discussed at lunch.
  2. Have students share their thoughts and reflections through various forms of social media - twitter (I will host a twitter chat twice a week to discuss the poems), Facebook (You can post on your own sites or I will have a post for students to comment on my page as well), edmodo, kidblog, class webpages, etc.  Use what tools work for you and your classroom.  If you don’t have class time to discuss in class encourage students to do this outside of school.  It ‘s a great way to gets families reading together and the parents can see the online discussions.  If you do share please use either the # for the program (#apoemeachweek15-16, or the # for each poem - see the one issued for each poem here or in the discussion starter handout)
  3. Have a graffiti wall in the classroom where students can write responses and thoughts for the poem of the week.  

September Poems:
Week 1 - Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout - Shel Silverstein
Week 2 - Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 3 - Mine by Lillian Moore
Week 4 - Fog by Carl Sandburg
Additional information and ideas will be available on August 24, 2015.  

Please remember to follow copyright laws when using these published poems.  All of these poems can be found in school and public libraries for you to check out for your class.  Also, many of these can be found on websites you can access that have permission to publish the poems.  Please don’t share photos of the poems you read.  


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