I am sitting here, trying to plan for April. In reading workshop we will be studying the Holocaust and reading Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic. I began reviewing my great big binder this weekend and I have a rough sketch of my unit. I plan to spend spring break finalizing my plans and gathering up any more materials that I might need. I feel confident and this is one of my favorite units to teach. It is also one of the most important, I feel.
In writing workshop, I am planning to study poetry. I have been reading Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard and getting some great ideas. Right now, I am struggling to find a way to start. I want to really pull my kids in, start with a bang. I know that my first lesson can make or break te unit because they have a lot of preconceived notions about poetry. Thankfully, we do a monthly poetry museum where they bring in a poem of their choice and share it with the class. But of course, I know they won’t make the connection between that and the genre study on poetry.
I am putting a call out to the educational blogosphere- D=does anyone have a great way to begin a unit on poetry? Or any recommendations on other professional resources? My biggest problem is finding something grade appropriate. A lot of the poetry lessons and resources I find are aimed at K-3. I am interested in 6-8, if at all possible.