Adding a Poem to our Informational Books


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.

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About kdoele

I am a teacher who continues to learn from students kindergarten through seventh grade. Currently teaching seventh grade English and Reading/Writing Workshop, I am exploring what it is like to "begin" again... my one little word for 2017.
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2 Responses to Adding a Poem to our Informational Books

  1. Amanda Regan says:

    What a great idea! I just may have to steal it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  2. maryleehahn says:

    I second what Amanda said!

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