Poetry Time!

So we were starting Poetry about a month ago. I wanted a tool to use while we went through this unit, as we were going to be covering a lot of different types of poetry. I decided to make a book for them to use as a reference. Each time we would learn a new concept to poetry or a new structure, we would go over the definition and then add an example for them to use while writing their own. I used my knowledge of Reading AZ books and decided to make them work that same way. I created a book with 8 different structures/literary tools poets use when writing poetry. Here is  an old sample page: 

I folded each page of the book separately. Well, actually, the kids did. They spent a couple minutes folding each page carefully in half (each was a different color), making sure that the words were on the outside. Once they folded them all, they combined them, putting all the open edges together. They then placed them in the cover so that the folded edge was facing out and I went around and stapled them quickly. It worked really well!!


UPDATE! 1/17/15

This was one of the first things I posted in my TpT store. Long story short- I took it down to make some revisions and then my computer crashed and I lost the file. I never went back and finished revamping it... until now!

Check it out here! Content is nearly identical but I've added two versions to better suit your needs. You can click here to check it out in my store!





This book came in handy when they were allowed to do free-writing with poetry. Some had forgotten the structure of haiku from a couple weeks ago, so they pulled out the book, read the definition, and looked at their example. That meant less reviewing I had to do! Next week, we will be publishing our selected poems, adding pictures, and making them into our own book! We'll use this reference guide to make sure each of our poems follows the certain structures we have learned while we edit.


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  1. Can I follow your blog? WOW! I love your classroom library and colors. Found you via Pinterest.

    HokIe Teach

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  2. Thanks Donna! I'm a little amateur when it comes to blogging so I appreciate your kind words and for following! I'm excited to check out your blog. :)

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  3. Are you sharing/selling this poetry book? I would love to have it for a center so I could help small groups explore poetry and find the examples.

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    1. Hi Jessica! I can send it to you via email if you give me your email address!

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  4. Is there anyway you can send this to me as well? :) It is so cute!! mtolisano2309@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Marissa,

      Just sent it to you the email you provided! Thanks!

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  5. I love this idea! Is there anyway you can send me a copy as well? bradley.alanna@gmail.com

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    1. Just sent it! Hope you find it helpful :)

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  6. I would love to have this as well. My email is freyza.marie@gmail.com This coming August will be my first time having my own classroom in 3rd grade so your blog has been so great to read and prepare myself!

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    1. Just sent you a copy- glad you find it helpful!! You will love 3rd grade!! Best of luck on your new adventure :)

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  7. Is this still for sale? I can't find it in your store. My email is jokischc@shelbyville.k12.il.us I would love a coy if you're sharing it. Or directions on where to find it.

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    1. It is now back in my store after some complications. Updated link is in the post now :)

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