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Poetry Friday.

An Interactive Poetry Notebook.

Last year, I shared a post about my interactive poetry notebook: Poetry Notebook: Day One. In this post, I’ll share pointers for Day Two.

Whereas Day One is about listening–letting the poem flow over you–and visualizing, drawing, sketch noting, Day Two is about noticing and learning about words.

Outline of the work on Day Two, from my Interactive Poetry Notebook Workshop


Teaching Tips

Point 2
Time spent choral reading the poem each week has a positive cumulative effect on student reading skills.

Points 3 and 4
Students love to share their drawings with each other in small groups and then whole group under the document camera making them large on the big screen. It’s so exciting to see your work on the big screen. The teacher guides the conversation so it is purposeful: to develop reflective thinking, to support the support student drawings with textual evidence, to grow schema about words in general and specifically.

Point 5
My picture from Day One with word labels added on Day Two. We focus on words used in the poem during our labeling. Also, you can add words that can be inferred from the poem. For example, the word “clock” inferred from the words “The best part of the day.”


Points 6 and 7
This is a page from my notebook with teaching points for a couple words I’m pretty sure most students will consider either new or as having a new meaning or use. These teaching points should align with state standards, district curriculum, and your class goals for vocabulary development. Students enter the word and then illustrate the meaning, write some synonyms or simple definition, or write a meaningful sentence with the word. If you are using vocabulary word maps, students can create one or two on this page. There are many different ways to create word maps; click here for a basic one that is easy for students to create on a notebook page.


Point 8
We attach the copy of the poem (distributed in point 1) to a page in the notebook. Notice that I’ve scheduled this at end of our session. This is a management choice. By making it the last activity, the gluing becomes part of our transition out of our poetry time.

After some trial and error, I finally figured out a way for my students to paste the poem into their notebooks so it can be easily accessible without turning pages as we write about it on other pages the rest of the week. I print it in duplex (2-sided) and paste it as a flip out piece. When flipped out, it can be read even when the notebook is closed.

Interactive Poetry Notebook is one of my popular professional development events.


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