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Instructional Resources for Poetry

Why poetry? Even though we don't have poetry listed in our curriculum, it does have a place in our literacy agreements. Students LOVE to read and write poetry, even your reluctant readers and writers! I encourage all of you to find a way to celebrate National Poetry Month by taking the time to read aloud a poem a day, give students the opportunity to explore poems through close reading, and try including poetry in your writing workshop. It's a great bridge to all of our content areas!

After vacation, I'm hoping to highlight more information on writing workshop and the Units of Study program. Have a wonderful week!

Happy reading,


March Madness Update

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I can't wait to share pictures from our March Madness assembly next Wednesday! Stay tuned for the announcement of the final picture book champion! Thank you to the staff at WES for your incredible energy during this project!

Black Bear Book Award at WES

WES Teachers,

Don't forget that your students have until the Friday after April vacation to fill out their sheets for the Black Bear book awards! Many of you have read aloud titles from this year's list so encourage your students to participate. You could even give them time during your reading workshop to complete the sheets. It's always a great way to celebrate books and encourage a love of reading!

Poetry Mentor Texts

Poetry Mentor Texts

If you are looking for poetry read alouds, our school libraries are full of outstanding books! I also have 3 bins of poetry texts in the WES book room!

For all of our Pernille Ripp fans, here's a link to her favorite poetry mentor texts.

Poetry Mentor Texts for Writing Workshop

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This is the best resource for writing poetry with students! These lessons can be used in all classrooms K-5. If you would like to check out the book or try some lessons in your writing workshop, let me know!

Instructional Ideas and Resources for Poetry

Check out these incredible FREE downloads and ideas for poetry! Thanks, Brynn and Tammy for the recommendation!

You must check out Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's blog! She's a children's book author and writing teacher. Currently, she's writing a poem each day connected to Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day! It would be awesome to share the Wonder of the Day and her poem with students!

*Incredible classroom ideas from teachers and students across the country on her Poetry Peeks tab!

*See samples of students using their writer's notebooks for poetry!

Great ideas for connecting poetry to your science units! (See Sylvia Vardell's posts for April 2016!)

Another awesome collection of Poetry Resources on Padlet from JoEllen McCarthy!

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School