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Inviting Poetry Into Your Classroom by Christie Wyman

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Any day is a good day to welcome poetry into our classrooms:

No matter the age of your students, weaving poetry into the fabric of your classroom life will bring joy to your teaching. You’ll see!

Worried about finding the time for a daily dose of poetry? Here are a few questions to ponder:

  • When during your school day, or school week, would it make sense to read and discuss poetry?

  • Could you start or end each day with a poem?

  • Could you read poetry in class every day? Once a week?

  • Could you bring poetry into your content areas?

  • Could you read poetry for your read aloud?

Poems are great teaching tools. Reading and listening to poetry supports and extends language and literacy development. Poetic mentor texts teach us about the structure and craft of writing, about perspective and point of view, as well as content knowledge.

A little advice when it comes to discussing poetry. Instead of explaining a poem, explore a poem with your students. After several readings by different voices, ask questions such as:

  • How does this poem make you feel?

  • What does this poem remind you of?

  • If you could make a picture or a movie of this poem, what would it look like?

What might inviting poetry into your classroom look like? Let’s explore a few options. Remember, we aren’t writing poetry yet, just reading it. Writing it will come later.

Building Your Classroom Library of Poetry Books

Building up a collection of poetic picture books, verse novels, and diverse anthologies is a perfect way to get started.

Some of my favorite poetic picture books include:

What about a verse novel? This genre is HOT right now. A few suggestions to get you started include:

If you decide to read individual poems, you’ll need a collection or anthology. A few suggestions are: