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Poetree. or Poetry. Either way.

So I have to train third – fifth grade on guided reading on Friday. This means I get to make a video of myself, giving a guided reading lesson. Video = ew. I’m not the most photogenic.

I guess I’ll share it with you when it’s done and you can laugh, too.

It’s not exactly poetry in motion. And….segue.

So, speaking about poetry, that’s what our fourth grade teachers are working on. 

*Just aside: did you know that’s how you spell segue? Not like the scooter like the excellent Gob uses on Arrested Development, but like the transition? I didn’t know. Good thing I checked.*

Anyway, our teachers have been working on explaining how the structures of poetry relate to their form, so I made these sample anchor charts so they could use them in their rooms. 

Then I took pictures of them for you. Awww, nice.

One of the things the teachers did is to glue the poem into the students’ readers’ notebooks. Then they took the poem and color-coded these structures in it. From there, they took one of the poems and cut it apart to glue into the “examples” section. 

Do you like my poetree? lol I crack myself up.
This chart is an anchor for the different forms of poetry. This one is a tough one for kids & teachers, I’ve noticed. (Technically, there are three types of poetry, but we don’t work with the dramatic form, so I kept it down to 2, even though three may have been prettier.)
If you notice, there are some weird lines clearly from the back of the paper that criss-cross throughout the poetree. That’s because I had to sketch it more than once to make it look right. Cut me some slack, ok? I’m sleepy.

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  1. A bit off topic, too, but my mom was on the radio and pronounced it 'seg' and couldn't figure out why the host looked confused! She'd never heard it, only seen it and tried to apply the phonics rule like in the word 'vague'! Cracks us both up to this day!

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