Hello teacher friends! We have been studying poetry and sound devices, so I wanted to a write a post and share some ideas for using poetry in reader’s workshop.
This week, I wanted to incorporate poems into Guided Reading and work on their comprehension of poems. I checked out a book on Space poems (our next science unit!) and typed up the poems so I could print copies for each child. I then came up with a few questions comprehension questions for each poem and typed them under the poem. I had the students cover the questions with a post it so they could record their thoughts on the post it. I modeled for the students how to read a poem to learn facts. As I read the poem, I thought out-loud about what the poem was teaching me. I then recorded my thoughts on the post it note and the students did the same. Then, we discussed the comprehension questions. The questions were a breeze to answer because we had really dissected the poem by stopping to jot down facts we had learned. The students then read other poems from the book and did the same strategy I had modeled. They also marked their thinking as they read which is what the P, C, I, Q as they read. (Predictions, Connections, Inferences, and Questions) Here are some examples: