Author: Paul B. Janeczko
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publication Date: March, 2005
Genre/Format: Non-Fiction/Poetry/Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: From the simplest couplet to the mind-boggling pantoum, the award-winning team behind A POKE IN THE I shows us the many fascinating ways poetic forms take shape.
What I Think: I listed this as non-fiction because this book shares examples of several different poetic forms. There are a range of poems in the book, but I think most of them are fictional. If you are looking for explanations or examples of different kinds of poems, this is a great resource for introducing different forms. After students get some experience with the poetry types, they can write their own, and put them together into a collection of the different poem forms.
Read Together: Grades 2 - 12
Read Alone: Grades 2 - 12
Read With: I am the Book by Lee Bennett Hopkins, BookSpeak! by Lauda Purdie Salas, I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder
Snatch of Text:
by Bobbi Katz
Neatly stacked in separate piles,
for the shape of a stencil -
the press of a pencil
of silver scissors.
pointy Christmas trees...
White, red, green -
now we are just paper.
We wait quietly on a dark shelf,
of becoming...Reading Strategies to Practice: Analyzing for Features of Poetry, Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections,
Writing Strategies to Practice: Descriptive, Rhyme, Rhythm, Alliteration, Personification, Anaphora
Writing Prompts: Choose one of the forms of poetry and write your own poem that fits to the poem.
Topics Covered: Animals, Writing, Poetry
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