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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Workshop Wednesday {Poetry}

I am linking up for Workshop Wednesday with my fabulous friend, Jivey, at Ideas by Jivey to share some ideas about poetry! 
I was super excited when I started looking through this Poetry and Figurative Language unit by Amelia at Where the Wild Things Learn!
There are so many choices of activities to use in this pack but one activity I pulled right away to use was the poetry, prose, and drama comparison organizer. It aligned perfectly with this Common Core Standard for 4th grade:
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
We read a play from this Ready test prep book and answering some multiple choice questions (our state test is next week!).
Students worked in groups to sort characteristics of poetry, prose, and drama using Amelia's resource.

Then the glued the characteristics under each heading in their interactive reading notebooks.
Now my students are much better prepared to answer questions on their "big test" next week like these:

I also used this template for idioms in this pack. It is titled "Write Your Own Idiom" but I modified it and gave students a real idiom. I am not yet confident in their abilities to make their own idiom since we haven't spent a ton of time on idioms. There are so many real idioms that they don't know! I had them work in groups of three or four to complete the various parts and then present their findings to the class. They really enjoyed the "literal" illustrations. :)

I made many more copies of this idiom graphic organizer and will be challenging my students to "Make Their Own Idiom" soon! I know they will have a blast! I wish I had this pack when I taught my unit on poetry earlier in the year but I can't wait to use more of it next year! 

Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching also blogged about additional pages in this figurative language unit pack today! If you missed my post yesterday, check it out here for even more ideas on teaching poetry!

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  1. Ooooh I love how nicely Amelia's pack tied into your test prep practice pages! That's a lesson that will transfer over! Good luck next week!
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  2. This looks like some fun test prep! For some reason, just bringing out the scissors and glue gets everyone thinking! :)

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