Spring into Poetry…and Mother’s Day...

Apr 27, 2012 by

For many schools, today is the first day back after spring break and it’s already mid-April.  That means there isn’t much time left to enjoy National Poetry Month.  It also means that Mother’s Day is going to be here before we know it!  Do you have your students create special projects for their mothers or significant women in their lives in honor of Mother’s Day?  If so, today’s post can help you kill two birds with one stone–celebrate National Poetry Month and get ready for Mother’s Day. My favorite type of poetry to teach is free verse poetry.  The mini-unit I am going to share today is NOT free verse poetry, but it is fun to teach and students really enjoy it.  Parents love it even more!  That’s because the final product of the unit is a...

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Personification

Oct 28, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy: Word choice; personification; poetry tools Mentor Text Suggestions: Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller Dirty Laundry Pile by Paul Janeczko (ed.) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman The Goldfish Yawned by Elizabeth Sayles School Supplies: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton Winter Barn by Pater Parnell Description: Personification is a comparison in which something that is not human is described with human qualities. This tool is used especially by poets, but authors of other texts as well, to create mind pictures for the reader. Introduce this literary craft to students by pointing out examples in mentor texts such as those listed above.   Activity: Have students go on a “personification walk.” Have them make a list...

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