Adding a Poem to Our Informational Books
We have reached the end of our third grade informational writing unit and we are preparing to share our books with second grade friends from down the hall. It is poetry Friday and we were celebrating by reading Joyce Sidman’s book, Winter Bees. The students have enjoyed the informational passages in her books as well as those in Irene Latham’s book, Dear Wandering Wildebeest. We have often referred to these passages, as mentor text for our work. “Why don’t we add a poem to our non-fiction books!” suggested one of my poem-lovers. They became excited with the idea of trying to do the “opposite” of the poems we had been reading– we would be adding a poem to our informational material. Everyone was on board.
The students have celebrated Poetry Friday all year by reading and writing poems and many were ready to begin writing immediately today. Some students needed ideas and so I suggested they might try a Mask poem or a Poem of Address. I prompted them to choose a chapter topic and suggested they might want to look through some of their favorite poetry books to collect ideas. Below I have shared a few examples of their work. I have included the cover of their informational book as well as the poem each student glued inside of their cover.