Friday, January 31, 2014

Poetry Power!

This summer I wrote my final MA Essay that was required for graduation about how to address reading complexity requirements from the Common Core with regards to poetry.  Poems do not traditionally have reading levels assigned to them due to length and other issues.  This post isn't really about that though.  By conducting this research I gained more interest in how to teach poetry in the classroom and how to address the standards, i.e. which poems most align with the standards of a specific grade level.

I also feel passionate about giving students- at all grade levels- access to classic poetry written by well respected poets as well as the more modern poetry we often see in younger grades.

So here is what I've come up with during this Polar Vortex!

For grades 1-3 I created sheets that go with the poems "The Cow" by Robert Louis Stevenson and "Who Has Seen the Wind?" by Christina Rossetti.

For grades 4-5 I examined "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.  I will say this was in my seventh or eighth grade textbook last year and even those kids liked it so it could be moved up, but standards wise fits a bit better in the upper elementary school.  If you teach this you might want to also have students listen to it read by James Earl Jones- I just love how he sounds!

Then, moving more into my wheelhouse, I went with grades 6-8 and the poem, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost which is one of my all time favorite poems.

Lastly, we reached my favorite age group- high school.  Here students are looking at "Ozymandias" and "Ode to a Grecian Urn" by Keats and Shelley.   This pack is probably the most comprehensive. There is a lot to work with here and it is PERFECT for differentiating!

I also created some task cards that students in grades 4-6 can use to analyze ANY poem.  I included four poems in the set that students can use as well.  These are great for May Do work or Early Finisher work.

Poems include "The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti, "Dreams" by Langston Hughes, and "My Bed is a Boat" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Check out ALL my poetry stuff including some Shakespeare materials as well at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. This is so great! I love your lesson plans and resources on teachers pay teachers. Keep up your hard work!