Teaching First Graders to Love Writing Poetry
By Regie Routman
Regie Routman shares her delightful selection of free verse poems written by first graders that will inspire your students to think, I can write poems like this too! Regie provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write poems about things they know and care about: learning to skate, disliking asparagus, playing with a best friend, and more. She describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writing process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then collaborating on a poem together before children write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by first graders to share with kids. Perfect for classroom teachers and parents!
Advantages of Writing Poetry in First Grade:
• poetry writing focuses students' thought on careful and creative selection of vocabulary!