Teachers for Teachers | It’s Monday and It’s Poetry Month! #IMWAYR
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It’s Monday and It’s Poetry Month! #IMWAYR

In April, many classrooms around the country celebrate poetry. Classroom libraries and walls are filled with poems students love and poems they have written. To excite and inspire students, we revise and refresh some of the baskets in our classroom library to spark students’ interests. We can categorize poetry in all different ways:

To launch this unit of study, we add some poems to these baskets but intentionally leave room in each basket.  As students read poems, we encourage them to add the poems they love to these baskets. These baskets grow and will end up with poetry books and individual poems inside.  Here are two new poetry books we are excited to share with K-3 students and add to these baskets.

School People, Lee Bennett Hopkins and Ellen Shi

We love the way Lee Bennett Hopkins structured this anthology – just look at this table of contents.

The first poem welcomes readers into the school building to begin the school day, then each poem celebrates a worker in the school.  The last poem ends the day with students waving good-bye.   We can’t wait to share these poems with young writers, so it can inspire them to create their poetry anthologies.  Readers can study this table of contents and think about how they can create several poems about one topic.

Since the topics of these poems are so familiar to students, they can use their background knowledge to think about the meaning of each poem.  This common experience will help foster deeper conversations that move beyond what these workers do and towards how they make people feel.  Readers can look closely at the craft moves the poet used to make the reader infer the deeper meanings of these poems.

Read! Read! Read! Amy Ludwig Vanderwater and Ryan O’Rourke

Poems about books and the power of reading! What could be better than that? The poems in this collection, celebrate the love of reading and they value all different types of reading. From reading cereal boxes, informational texts, road signs, to reading books with others, these poems help broaden students’ understanding of what it means to be a reader. As spring approaches and the school year winds down, these poems are perfect to share with readers to help them think about their summer reading plans.

We are continually looking for ways to help students steer away from thinking that reading means reading hard and long books, to finding joys in texts that make them think, laugh, or even cry. These poems emphasize the joys of reading and can foster important conversations about how readers choose books. We want our students to know that reading isn’t about the difficulty, it is about the way it touches our hearts and minds. The poems in Read! Read! Read! foster this important message.

If you are looking for more poetry collections to share with students, check out our Mentor Texts for Poetry Pinterest Board. Don’t forget to share the poetry books you love when you comment.  We are always looking for new titles to add to our collection.

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 14:41h, 09 April Reply

    Each one of these is a gem for the classroom, and for just enjoying the memories too! You might want to check out Amy’s newest book, With My Hands: Poems About Making Things, too. It will be wonderful in classrooms as well!

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    2Shaye @ Miller Memo
    Posted at 14:43h, 09 April Reply

    I love that you’re highlighting poetry, right now. School People looks so great — especially for a child just about to begin their first year at school. I need to find this one right away. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jana Eschner
    Posted at 16:57h, 09 April Reply

    School People is an awesome collection of poems! I think the book would make great appreciation gifts for staff members!

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    Posted at 23:50h, 09 April Reply

    I have been waiting to read School People, I love Lee Bennett Hopkins poems. I need to add Read! Read! Read! to my list.

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    Myra from GatheringBooks
    Posted at 05:04h, 10 April Reply

    I have to find Read! Read! Read! – sounds like my kind of book!

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