Text Structures From Poetry
Lessons to Help Students Read, Analyze, and Create Poems They Will Remember
using the book Text Structures From Poetry by Gretchen Bernabei and Laura Van Prooyen
Are you looking for enjoyable, concrete ways to weave reading and writing together in one class period? How can poetry lessons give a leg-up to your STAAR reading and writing scores?
With 50 classroom-proven lesson and poem pairs, these unique and engaging lessons show educators how to “pop the hood” on a poem to discover what makes it work, using text structures to unlock the “engine” of a poem. This method enables educators to engage
students in reading and re-reading a poem closely, to identify how the parts of the poem relate to each other to create movement, and to leverage what they have learned to write their own poems.
Each of the 50 lessons includes a mentor poem, a diagram that illustrates the text structure of the poem, and examples of student poems. Easy-to-use instructional resources include:
- Teaching notes for unlocking the text structure of a poem and the engine that makes it work
- Tips for exploring rhyme scheme, meter, and fixed forms
- Instructional sequences that vary the ways students can read and write poems and other prose forms
- Ideas for revising and publishing student poems
- A “Meet the Contemporary Authors” section that includes fascinating messages from the contemporary poets and videos of them reading their poems
Teach your students to learn about poetry using the magic of poems themselves, and lead the way to a rewarding love of poetry for teachers and students alike.