Writing Lesson 2: Using the Writing Notebook-Creating Poetic Languages and Phrases
• Note cards cut into strips
• Four or five mentor poems of your choice
• Students’ writing notebooks to access “interesting, engaging, or intriguing words and phrases” from Lesson 1
• Lists of words from Skills Block lesson, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, “small words,” endings (optional)
• Overhead samples of words on strips
• Teacher’s writing notebook with pre-written poems or poetic phrases
• Students use interesting and engaging words to create poems and/or poetic phrases to develop a clearer sense of poetic language.
• Develop awareness of sounds of words and rhythm of phrases.
This lesson borrows the idea of a magnetic poetry kit, allowing students to experiment with words and phrases to create poetic rhythm, images, mood, and so on.
Remind students that poets select and use words and phrases in ways that create images, mood, rhythm, and emotion.
Select and read four or five phrases or short poems from your mentor poems demonstrating this statement.
Tell students they will write words from their interesting words lists on tickets (i.e., note card strips). Explain that you have also cut word strips from the Skills Block lesson where students listed words representing parts of speech. They will use their words, borrowed words from their partners and classmates, and words from the Skills Block lesson to create poems or poetic phrases.
Tell students they may have seen this idea before: using magnetic words to create poems. Spread out some overhead sample word strips.
Demonstrate how to pull some word strips together to create a poem or poetic phrase inspired by some mentor poems. Explain how when you created a small poem or phrase you really liked, you copied it into your writing notebook.
Hold up your writing notebook to show students where you wrote five or six short poems or poetic phrases created from word strips.
Students copy interesting words from their writing notebooks onto word strips and cut out ones they prepared from the Skills Block lesson. Allow students about 10 minutes (but no more than 15) for this part of the lesson.
Students may not have time to copy and cut out all of their words, but it is more important to move into the “creating poetic language” phase than having every word on a strip.
Give students guidelines and time limits for copying and cutting out words. Students may borrow words from their partners if needed. Tell students they do not need to copy all words they wrote in their notebooks, only those they especially like.
Let them know, however, everyone needs a minimum of five or six short poems or poetic phrases written in their notebooks by the end of Independent and Small Group Time.
Independent and Small Group Time
Students work independently or with partners to create short poems or poetic phrases.
• Students share with partners some short poems or poetic phrases they created and wrote in their notebooks.
• Several students share out one or two of their favorites with the whole group.