- GRADES K-2/Harrison/Media Skills
- April is Poetry Month
- For more poetry ideas, try Shel Silverstein’s website and click on the link to the Poetry Workshop Kit.
American Association of School Librarians, Standards for the 21st Century Learner:
- 4.1.1, Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.
Common Core Standard(s)
- CC.2.R.L.10 Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including prose and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
- CD Player if you’re more comfortable having someone else sing than singing yourself (Note: the books by Natalie Merchant and Carly Simon come with musical CDs which have poems set to music. If you have a copy of Shel Silverstein’s audio cassette of “A Light in the Attic,” hold on to it! It’s out of print and really pricey!)
- Merchant, Natalie, and Barbara McClintock. Leave Your Sleep. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.
- Norworth, Jack, Carly Simon, and Amiko Hirao. Take me out to the ball game. Watertown, MA: Imagine, 2011.
- Silverstein, Shel. A light in the attic. New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1981
- Adaptation of content
- Links to background
- Links to past learning
- Strategies incorporated
- Guided practice
- Comprehensible input
- Whole class
Integration of Processes:
- Linked to objectives
- Promotes engagement
- Lesson Sequence
- Tell students that April is Poetry Month. Ask students if their classroom teacher has talked about this.
- Show students the white board with the vocabulary words. How are poetry and poem similar? What do the words mean? Can they use them is a sentence?
Instruction/Check for Understanding:
- Show students the cover of “Leave Your Sleep,” and read one of the poems (i.e., Bleezer’s Ice-Cream) or play the CD with Natalie Merchant’s version. After reading the poem ask students if they heard rhyming words and the rhythm.
- Show students the cover of “A Light in the Attic,” which may be familiar to some or all of the class. Read “Play Ball” on page 131 of the first edition. (Note: Silverstein was quoted as saying he would rather have been a good baseball player than a poet.)
- Show students the cover of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and tell them that April is also the month that baseball season begins. Ask students what they know about the Detroit Tigers and baseball in general. Read the book and either sing the lyrics or play the CD that comes with the book. Does the book sound like a poem? What makes the text a poem?
- Children often want to have me repeat books with songs lyrics as the text so they can sing along with me. This is a good way for students who are having trouble with the concepts of rhyme and rhyming to begin to understand them.
Preview for Next Week
- Tell students we will read more poetry next week.