Summarize Texts by Creating Found Poems

Summarize Texts by Creating Found Poems

Common Core Reading Standard #2 references students’ abilities to summarize a text’s main ideas and details. However, evidence of this standard doesn’t have to be revealed in a traditional after-reading summary. Teach students to craft Found Poems. A...
Celebrate National Poetry Month All Year Long

Celebrate National Poetry Month All Year Long

Although April is the official month for celebrating poetry, consider the power of incorporating a daily dose of poetry into your classroom. Flint Springs Elementary (Huntington, IN) teacher, John Stoffel recently shared his personal purple poetry portfolio that is...
Develop Acrostic Poems for Vocab Practice

Develop Acrostic Poems for Vocab Practice

When teaching students new vocabulary words in the content areas or in language arts, one thing you could do, beyond just talking about definitions, is to have students develop an acrostic poem for that term. For example, here is an acrostic poem used in a primary...
Find Poems in Previous Writing

Find Poems in Previous Writing

Poems often tell stories. So why not utilize previous writings your students have generated when teaching your next poetry unit? Whether it’s a structured poem with certain elements or a free-verse poem, students can pull the content and language from writing...