Mrs. Renz's independent poetry unit. The best part about it? It came with everything I would need (and so much more!) and there were parts that were editable! Say no more - I snapped it up and never looked back.
Between using Mrs. Renz's Unit and my very own literary device posters, I was able to have students write their own poems. The goal was to write a minimum of three poems per type. The first poem was always the intro one we did in class and I would pick the theme. The second poem the students were required to write for each type was a theme of their choice, and the final third poem had to be a theme that we identified when reading Tuck Everlasting. Students wrote their poems and then using our iPads set to work to create the final draft. Using an app called Book Creator, my students created their entire poetry book which they later ended up sharing the ebook with me so I could print a final copy for them. Book Creator (there is a free version but I upgraded my students to the paid one) allows the user to share their books in e-form. This was perfect, as my kids could email it off to family members near and far. The whole time they were working on their poetry book, they were also reading and reflecting on poems of published poets. Simply put - they loved it! I heard time and time again how much they enjoyed the project!
After I saw their final projects, I KNEW I had to find a way to share these books with their parents in a special event. And so the idea of hosting a Poetry Cafe was born, especially when I came across this teacher, Robbin Hughes, and how she did it in her own classroom. In order to prepare for the Poetry Cafe, my students were required to pick two of their poems that they would be reciting for the event. Soon, I had invitations go out inviting family members to come witness their children and the work they produced. I spent the past few weeks preparing for the cafe and sent home a request for donations for the cafe. Using the other teacher as a guideline, here is a list of things I asked for:
- vases (I told them to hit up the Dollar Tree - you can get GREAT vases and only for a buck!)
- flameless votives (again Dollar Tree)
- Plastic black table clothes (I asked for one for each grouping of tables I would have, plus an additional two for my stage background)
- Hot Chocolate and Hot Tea
- Cups with lids
- Biscotti and Cookies
- mic and stand (From my Garageband game) ;-)
- hot beverage container (borrowed it from our PTO)
- program with author bios (each student wrote a quick author bio which I put in the program with their picture.
|Program I created - inside were Author Bios|