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  • Large chart paper
  • Markers
  • A collection of poetry for children


  • To expose children to a variety of poems
  • To use poetry to teach reading comprehension strategies
  • To teach vocabulary
  • To teach the qualities of good writing
  • To teach the characteristics of poetry

Resource Instructions

Day 1- Introduce poem and poet to class. Read the poem aloud to class modeling fluency. Have the class read the poem out-loud together. Have students turn and talk about a different way to read the poem. Take suggestions and comments from the class. Read the poem aloud again.

Day 2- Read the same poem out-loud together, practicing fluency. Identify the possible tricky words in the poem. They can be new vocabulary or words that are difficult to pronounce. Today's quick lesson will be about theses words.

Day 3- Read the same poem out-loud again. Today will be a lesson on main idea and the title. Students will turn and talk about the title of the poem. The teacher will listen in and then highlight some of the comments to the class as they discuss the main idea of he poem.

Day 4- Class reads the same poem out-loud again. Today's focus will be on the structure of the poem. Are there repeating lines? How do the line breaks determine the mood of the poem?

Day 5- Class rereads the poem. The question to the class is: Can we add to the poem? Can we write another stanza or line that fits? Students will turn and talk to brainstorm this question. teacher listens in and then shares findings with the class.


Teachers will use observation as the main assessment tool for this lesson. This kind of shared reading is designed to be repeated throughout the year. The teacher will notice if the students are improving their fluency and understanding of poetry each week.

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