Poetry Month is right around the corner and poetry writing is THE ONE WRITING UNIT that I look forward to year after year in elementary!
Introducing students to poetry writing is so much fun! However, I know it can be a bit daunting if you don’t love to teach writing, or aren’t given the resources to do so.
When students are learning about poetry, and the various types of poems, I have found that FOLLOWING A PROCESS IS KEY! I’ve spent 10 years of refining the teaching poetry writing process and I’ve put together an easy three-step process to help you guide students through writing 14 different styles of poems.
Here’s the quick 1-2-3….
Use anchor charts! This is key to introducing students to new poetry vocabulary, as well as giving them original examples of each type of poem. First, introduce them to the style of poetry, talk about the important elements and then show them an original example (which I have created for you below).
Set students up for success with planning pages! These are the magical pages that helped to make poetry writing successful for ALL of my students. Each planning page reminds students of the format, and guides them through their creative writing process. Students get to complete their rough draft right here on the planning page!
Gives students multiple options of final draft pages for them to creatively express their poems! I love having options with picture boxes, so students can illustrate their poems.
And that’s it! There’s the easy three-step process to making poetry writing a success in your elementary classroom!
PORTFOLIO + TOOLS
At the end of our Poetry Unit, students have a beautiful poetry portfolio keepsake! I hear from students (and parents) that this is one of their favorite keepsakes of the year! I’ve also created many tools like a pacing guide, multiple rubrics, and more to help make teaching poetry easier for you!
If you are ready to have some Poetry Writing FUN in your classroom, click here to grab my best-selling Poetry Unit.
Here’s what elementary teachers are saying…
“One of the best things I have purchased this year! I love that there are SO many different kinds of poems. Students are learning about the different types and really enjoying creating their own poetry book. I thought I would get more resistance to writing poetry, but they are actually really enjoying it. This will be a great thing to send home to families.” -Claire 3rd grade
“This was the perfect resource to use for our poetry unit! The students loved it and I loved the examples and templates for each poem.” -Hallie 4th grade
“This made teaching poetry so easy and simple, the kids enjoyed all the different types of poems and I can’t wait to teach this unit again next year.” -Taquisia 2nd grade
If you have any questions about writing poetry or the Poetry Unit, leave a comment and let me know!