My oh-so-talented teammate and friend Holly Daley (be sure to check out her TpT store... especially if you teach reading!) also introduced me to Kenn Nesbitt, a modern author that writes hilarious kid-friendly poetry. His "funny poems" are perfect models of lyrical poetry. He also seems to update his website with new poems pretty often! If you teach haiku poetry (my personal favorite), be sure to check out Dogku by Andrew Clements. It's always a hit with my kids!
Just in time for National Poetry Month, I compiled my anchor charts and rubrics into a teacher-friendly six pack! It's easy to get carried away with writing poetry just for enjoyment, but rubrics are a necessary (and fair) way to grade our little poets' work. My students will then publish their own collection of poems into a "Poem-folio," which I will soon post photos of. In the meantime, I hope you can download and enjoy:
Click here to have it all!
What other forms of poetry do you enjoy with your students? Are there any elementary-friendly poetry websites or apps out there? Please leave a comment and share! I hope you can find time this month to dim the lights, throw on a beret, and get into the poetic spirit!