Informational Poetry

I love poetry. I love to read it, reread it, and then read it again. I love sharing it with my class and helping them figure out the meaning, discover new information, and find the rhythm as we read. 

With the Common Core Standards new to us this year, I was afraid (rumors, only rumors) that poetry would have no place. I was wrong. It has, in fact, given me more time for poetry. (I feel as though I should knock on wood even as I type such a thing.)

Integrating more nonfiction was not hard at all. In first grade, we integrate so much, that there was no huge shift. It became even easier when I embraced learning across genres. Informational reads deepen learning when done across genres. (Lucy Calkins would be so proud of me!) 

Here are a few of my, I mean our favorites. :) 


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What would you add to the list?

13 comments:

  1. First two titles are new to me.
    I'm going to need to check them out.
    I have a few poets right now who would probably be really into these titles.

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  2. I hate that poetry has no place with the Common Core Standards! Good for you for finding a way to integrate! There are so many books and poems out there that do allow us to use our informational knowledge. I often use poetry to introduce or support math, social studies or science topics in addition to writing and reading.

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  3. I am peaking at the CC this year, but won't really dive into it until a workshop in a couple of weeks. It will be fun to see what is rumor and what is reality.

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    1. Indeed! I highly recommend reading your grade level standards and the ones above you and below you. It really helped me!!!

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  4. For older students I love Marilyn Nelson's Carver: A Life in Poems.

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to share that one and get it for myself!!

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  5. Thanks for the suggestions. I do poetry with my class all year- and defy anyone to try to make me stop

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  6. How refreshing...and makes this retired teacher want to get back in the classroom and create some good poems. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I'll be teaching poetry writing soon and am a little nervous! :)

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  7. I have been on the CYBILS POETRY COMMITTEE the last few years. There are some terrific books on that list- I highly recommend their website. A few of my personal favorite recent science/poetry combos-- COUSINS OF CLOUDS (Elephants), HONEYBEE by Douglas Florian (really anything by him), TWINS by Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this site. I had never heard of it! I'm going to check out Honeybee too!

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