Writer’s Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan
Lesson Focus: Poetry
GLCE:W.GN.03.02 and W.AT.03.02
Literature used: Shape Poems by Bill Martin, Shel Silverstein, and Jack Pelutosky
Introduction: “Today I’m going to read some poems in a shape. Try to describe how the shape and the poem go together.”
Teaching: Model with a shape (cat). Think of descriptive words to describe cats.
Active Involvement: Put children in groups with a shape and have them brainstorm descriptive words for that shape.
http://www.eduplace.com/activity/poem_shapes.html has an article on diamante poems.
Applying the Skill or Strategy: After each group has compiled their list of words, have them write the poem they invent on a large sheet of paper. Have them share these during “Author’s Chair” and incorporate any suggestions from the group.