Poetry Break Starts Today!
Starting today, students will be celebrating poetry daily in class.
Students should each choose a poem that they like and carry that poem with them either by checking a book out from the library, printing a poem off the Internet, or copying a poem down in a notebook. At home, students should practice reading the poem aloud with fluency and expression for five minutes each night.
Each month, each student will perform his/her poem by READING it aloud to the class. This is a reading job, not a memorizing job. Research on best practice shows that repeated readings of poetry increases reading fluency, and that is our goal here!
Please see links to good poetry websites in the sidebar. I also have many poetry books in class that students can borrow while they are at school. In addition, our school library has a large poetry section.
Students are required to choose poems that are not light verse (funny) poems. The intent of this requirement is to press children to stretch their poetry horizons beyond the poetry that is already familiar to them.