Targeted Skills: Analyze poetry for language, purpose, and meaning
As a former high school English teacher, I miss the days of analyzing poetry, so when my 6th grade teachers asked me to help them with a poetry lesson, I was thirlled! I chose 4 poems from this great anthology, Poetry After Lunch. We did a tri-fold and labeled each column "Poem Title," "My Thoughts," and "Analysis."
After writing down the title, we read the poem and then students wrote down their initial thoughts. I pointed out that sometimes poetry makes you ask questions, so it's okay to be confused and not understand it. I urged them to write down questions if they had any confusion. We then discussed the three ways to analyze a poem by answering these three questions:
- What do you notice about the language? (Does it rhyme? What figuruative language do you notice?)
- What do you notice about the structure? (Does it tell a story? Does it share an emotion? Does it follow a certain pattern?)
- What does the poem mean to you? (There is more than one meaning to a poem.)
Students then got to participate in "Make a Date with a Book" if they wanted to. Please see this post for more details.
Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
Read to 3rd Grade
Targeted Skills: Discuss Genre; historical significance; Facts learned from reading
Since my 3rd graders finished their research on presidents, I thought this would be a great choice to share with them--and also in honor of Lincoln's birthday, which was that week. This is a selection on next year's Bluebonnet list, and it's one of my new favorites.
We discussed genre and text evidence to support the fact that it was a biography. Students then turned and talked about some interesting facts that they learned about Lincoln.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
Targeted Skills: Listen for Facts; Write Facts; Discuss the purpose of Expository Text
I fully admit that I get a little squeamish at the thought of Kindergarten research. (God bless those dear Kinder teachers, every one of them). Instead of full-blown research, we ease into it with a read-aloud and note-taking activity. I want to stress the idea that we use Nonfiction books (Expository) to do our research because they contain facts. I read this fabulous book and then we complete the chart over the animal. Students then check out their own animal book to complete a research project with their parents at home. Easy-peezy!
|Please pardon my drawing. I am NOT an artist.|
And the rest of the week was spent getting ready for the Book Fair and Preview Day. Oh Joy!!
I'm predicting this will be a sell-out...