Personal Essay Read Write Think Acrostic Poem

Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas

Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vocabulary Solutions: A Mixture of Science, Conversation, and Writing

In this lesson, students conduct a science experiment and later discuss the events of the lab during shared writing. Students explain the procedure in their own words and then revise to include content specific vocabulary. Finally, students reflect on new words added to their writing using the Trading Card Creator interactive.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," students learn to recognize story structure in fairy tales and create a logical sequence of events when writing original stories.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature

Connect home and school, literature and life, as students take a storybook character home with them and take turns writing stories about his visit.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

When I Was Young In...A Literature to Language Experience

Past meets present in this lesson in which students practice verb tense when they write personal short stories that they then publish in a flip book.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Love of War in Tim O'Brien's "How to Tell a True War Story"

Students explore the theme of love of war through texts on camaraderie among soldiers. They then compose a visual collage depicting their beliefs about the relationship between love and war.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts

Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Rummaging for Fiction: Using Found Photographs and Notes to Spark Story Ideas

In this lesson, students use found notes and found photographs as inspiration to help them identify subjects, settings, characters, and conflicts for pieces of creative writing.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Ferocious Fighting Fish: An Ocean Unit Exploring Beginning Word Sounds

Focus students' attention on alliteration in this ocean-themed unit. Students explore alliteration in framing texts then compose their own class book to explore figurative language in their own writing.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Casting Shadows Across Literacy and Science

Shadows, shadows, everywhere! In this lesson, students read fiction, informational text, and poetry about shadows to extend their knowledge of the concept before casting their own shadow poetry.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Let's Read It Again: Comprehension Strategies for English-Language Learners

Help Spanish-speaking English-language learners unlock the mysteries of their new language by using a bilingual book to recognize unfamiliar words and construct meaning from the text.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song

Students compare the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," then create their own poetry about a historical event.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vocabulary Solutions: A Mixture of Science, Conversation, and Writing

In this lesson, students conduct a science experiment and later discuss the events of the lab during shared writing. Students explain the procedure in their own words and then revise to include content specific vocabulary. Finally, students reflect on new words added to their writing using the Trading Card Creator interactive.

 

Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

Learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 26

Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Students select a poem and create a Stapleless Book using the interactive tool.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 21

Today is World Poetry Day.

Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1

April is National Poetry Month!

Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.

 

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12

Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.

Using one of Soto's stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool.

 

Grades   2 – 6  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter

Haiku Starter

This graphic organizer provides students the opportunity to brainstorm words about a given topic, count and record the syllables, and draft a haiku.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter

Acrostic Poem

Acrostic poems are fun to write. Your students will find constructing them easy, too, thanks to this helpful tool, which has endless possibilities for curriculum integration.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

A Tribute to Abraham Lincoln

Emily presents three very different books about Lincoln and hosts a roundtable discussion with the authors of these books to delve deeper into Lincoln's remarkable life.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Playful Poetry Books to Share

In this episode, Emily and guest Sylvia Vardell explore fun ways to read poetry with children.

 

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