Several weeks ago, in honor of National Poetry Month, we hosted classes in the library to celebrate. Our objective was to make poetry interesting, engaging, and fun for our middle school students, while also offering them voice and choice in how they worked through the lesson. We ended up with a range of poetry-related activities that provided our students with a great day of learning!
After brainstorming ideas with our reading teachers, we settled on nine different poetry tasks -- most of which involved crafting different types of poems and a few others including listening or reading poetry. We set up each activity with direction signs and necessary materials (poem organizers, dice, iPads, poetry books, magnetic words and magnet boards, colored pencils, etc.) To guide our students through the day, we built a tic-tac-toe menu board of activities and asked them to get three in a row. Those who finished early, could opt to do a second row or just pick and choose what looked fun. The best part of the lesson was the extraordinary work that our students produced -- they truly became poets that day!
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How do you celebrate poetry in your library or classroom?
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