As a reader on my blog, I’m sure you’ve come to realize that I like poetry, I like writing it (it’s fun for me), and I often times like to read it, though not always… (sorry being honest).
When I pondered what to write for this Monday post I got to thinking about writing poetry, and learning how to read poetry. You see when I was at the Writer’s Conference I ran into this book that I wanted to buy but couldn’t justify the cost of (it’s now on my wish list from Amazon as maybe a Christmas present). 🙂
It’s important I think to learn how to read a poem, to understand how to see the images the poet is portraying, even if you don’t understand everything, like all the nuances and what not.. cause seriously. when I read a poem I don’t catch everything that some others might, I just read it, and think “neat” or “meh”. 🙂 Occasionally one will catch me off guard, or just even a line and I’ll ponder that for a while… that to me is reading a poem. 🙂 And THAT is how I’ve taught my lad. (sorry, nasty little secret eh?) 🙂
Anyways, on to poetry lessons here! 🙂 Where can you find them?
Well, first up is poetry that you can find on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
Opening the Door to Poetry. The lad and I are starting this course this week as soon as he’s done his Writing Radar book.
Then down the road when we want to do something different (like over the holidays when things get a bit more sporadic). So I found The Literary Maven. She has a 30 day poetry challenge for high school students, and granted the lad’s not there but hey.. read a poem, be inspired, laugh a little, and just have fun for a few days!
Then I stopped by Poets.org and discovered lesson plans for poetry.. for middle school and highschool. I thought Dear Poet 2017 looked interesting. What do you think? Or would one of their other lesson plans intrigue you more?
If you want to read seasonal poems, you could check out these fall/autumn poems for middle schoolers put together by The Poetry Foundation.
What do you think? Will these get you and your students off to a good poetry study this fall and winter? I hope so.. poetry is fun if you let it be. 🙂
Read it, delight in it, but don’t beat it death! Let the thoughts and images run through your mind, letting a line grabbing you so you can savour it.. and then let it go again. Poetry is a bit of a wild child you know…you have to let it run free soaking in where it will, running where it needs to. Blazingly fun, comfortingly slow, or soothingly sweet.
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