Poetry is in full force in our kindergarten classroom. We have been reading poetry, responding to poetry, and writing poetry. Poetry is great for all ability levels. Even the struggling writers gain confidence when writing poems.It is amazing to watch all writers bloom and love the world of poetry!
We discussed “Signs” from A Chill in the Air by John Frank. Students responded to it first in their writer’s notebook. The first example is from my writer’s notebook. My favorite time of day is to write in my writer’s notebook with my K writers!
Then, we revisited “Signs” during writing workshop. Thanks to Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli’s book, Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections , K-8, I did this Your Turn Lesson with my K writers. We discussed the format of John Frank’s poem (noun, verb). Then, we brainstormed topics and choose “Spring”. We made a list of nouns and verbs relating to spring and used it to create a list poem like John Frank together.
I love spring!
I shared my own list poem, of course, with my students before they got to work on their own. Students wrote their own poems in their writer’s notebook and I typed them.
Here is my list poem that I wrote in my writer’s notebook:
Here are some of the finished poems: