Based off Jill Eggleton’s book Lighting the Literacy Fire, I wanted to have a weekly poem but with a different focus each day. Jill’s book is geared for students in PreK-2nd grade, but I adapted it to work with my 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
We will capture each day in our interactive notebooks (another new undertaking for this year that I’m extremely excited about, but also freaking out over!).
- Monday – Comprehension
- Tuesday – Vocabulary
- Wednesday – Point of View & Author’s Purpose
- Thursday – Theme & Tone/Mood
- Friday – Summarize & Make Connections
Then I started thinking (because I tend to do way too much of that)… I might only be able to work on poetry four days a week due to other obligations, snow days, and just the simple fact that things often come up that are beyond my control. So I made a four day schedule as well. Here’s the short version of that –
- Monday – Comprehension – RL.4.1,RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b
- Tuesday – Vocabulary – RL.4.4
- Wednesday – Point of View, Author’s Purpose, Connections – RL.4.6+
- Thursday – Theme, Summarize – RL.4.2
- Monday – Comprehension – RL.5.1, RF.5.4a, RF.5.4b
- Tuesday – Vocabulary – RL.5.4
- Wednesday – Point of View, Author’s Purpose, Tone – RL.5.6, RL.5.7
- Thursday – Theme & Summarize – RL.5.2
- Monday – Comprehension – RL.6.1
- Tuesday – Vocabulary – RL.6.4
- Wednesday – Point of View, Author’s Purpose, Theme/Mood – RL.6.6
- Thursday – Theme & Summarize – RL.6.2
Is your next question, where will I get poems? Yea – mine too. So I started doing some research. A teacher-blogger buddy of mine suggested these last spring (and of course now I can’t remember who that was – sorry!). I’ve bought the ebook version of 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. This way I can project poems each day directly from my ipad. I’m hoping it’s quick and painless…
My goal is to get to the point where we are spending just five minutes a day on our poetry. I’m hoping it keeps skills fresh in students’ minds and exposes them to various types of poetry. They encounter poems on state tests AND poetry is often part of everyday life. The more I can expose them to now, the better off they’ll be in the future.