Poetry Writing - Workshop Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! (I am practicing the fake it till you make it strategy - if I use the word happy and an exclamation mark maybe I will trick myself into not thinking I am tired and cranky).

I am linking up with Jivey for Workshop Wednesday - this week's theme is poetry writing.


You may be sick of all my poetry posts - but this is the last one, I swear.

You also may have guessed that I enjoy teaching poetry - but I actually struggle with the writing part. It is such a personal style of writing that involves a lot of creativity and individual thought that I sometimes find it daunting. I find it way easier to teach procedural or persuasive writing or letters or really anything but poetry.

Sooooo... what I focus on is teaching different types of poems and having my students model their poems on a mentor poem. My go to poem for getting started is a list poem. I love the poem What I Found in My Desk by Bruce Lansky or the What I  Love About/What I Hate About (click and scroll for an example) poems by Douglas Florian for mentor poems.

I also enjoy Cinquain poems and Haiku poems. We wrote some haikus today. First we read some examples using these books (I LOVE Guyku!!). Then I explained the pattern (using the poster) and we read a few more and counted out the pattern and looked for tricks - like putting a word in the second line to keep the pattern working).

I put up this picture and we wrote a few haiku poems together. I chose the silly monster picture because my students are all about the silly poem right now.

Then each student got a monster, coloured it in and wrote a haiku for it. Here are some examples:

I used the planning pages from my poetry poster package. There are planning pages for different types of poems and publishing pages too. If you are planning to do anything for Poetry Month - or really just poetry anytime and figurative language you may want to check out this pack of posters and writing frames:


  1. Ok first Dogku, now Guyku?? I need to check these out! Too fun! Thanks for linking up, BBB!

  2. I love the idea of using the pictures as jumping off points!
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  3. Love haikus! I even has a special haiku t-shirt I wear on haiku day... I'm going to have to check out Guyku... I own Dogku so might as well add to the collection! :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  4. I love reading a post that talks about a book I already have! Thank you! I can't wait to use your poetry posters next week too! It's such a great reminder for my students!
    P.S. I think you sounded very happy and upbeat in your post!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Guyku looks like one I need to add to our classroom collection! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. Love the rainbow haiku! Such "colorful" vocabulary!! :) (BTW -- I have found that exclamation points always make me feel better. I hope it worked for you!!)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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