AND, everyone can do it!
You don't need to worry about sentence structure or being Edit COPS or where you are going to split the paragraph.
Plus, students who struggle with 'traditional' writing often find themselves enjoying and being good at poetry because there are not a lot of rules-and you can pretty much make up your own rules.
So on Friday, I introduced my friends to poetry!
First, we reviewed the Acrostic Poem. I told them that they learned this is 1st or 2nd grade (they all agreed), and while it was a good form of poetry, we were going to learn much cooler and more interesting ways to be poets.
We were going to learn about Cinquains!
I told them that these were interesting poems, but fairly easy because there were only five lines :)
I first demonstrated what a cinquain would look like. I explained the format, and had them help me think of some words to fill it it in.
After I demonstrated, I told them that they would write one (with me writing :)
First, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas about our topic, one of the favorite things...Summer!
We took our ideas and put them into our cinquain format!
They had to do rough drafts and get them approved before I gave them a final draft.
We did an Author Share, and they did a wonderful job!
Here are some of my favorites!
|Very original and unique!|
|This was the only friend that shook their head when I said everyone loves summer...this is a winter lover!|
|A friend after my own heart :)|
|I think my fun writing on charts and font love is rubbing off ;)|
Top/Pants: LOFT Outlet
Sweater/Top: NY & Co
Tank: Old Navy
I'm sparking student motivation in writing! How do you motivate? What's your favorite type of writing to teach?
Have a great Saturday!
Smiles and Sunshine,