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Shape Poems - ReadWriteThink

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Shape Poems
Grades Interactive Type Tech Requirement URL K–5 Writing Poetry Flash Player required http://www.readwritethink.org /files/resources/interactives /shape/

Overview A shape poem is a poem that describes an object and is written in the shape of the object. In this online tool, elementary students can select shapes from four different themes: Nature, School, Sports, and Celebrations. Within these themes, 19 different shapes are included. By selecting a shape, students are learning how to focus their writing on a particular topic. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can also print their finished shape poems, cut and color them, and display them in the classroom or at home. For ideas of how to use this tool outside the classroom, see Shape Poems in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section.

Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades 3–4 Grades 5–6

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Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Shape Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects Students select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write shape poems that are printed and displayed in class. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Earth Verse: Using Science in Poetry Students shape up their reading. illustrate." was born in 1863. students make baseball cards for the players in the poem "Casey at the Bat. then apply these concepts through collaborative word-sorting and poetry-writing activities. author of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat. Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry Diamante Poems This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems. and listening skills in this lesson by creating original diamante." Students can use a word processor or the Character Trading Cards interactive to create their cards. readwritethink. illustrate. and shape poems about science. Haiku Hiking! A Class Book of Picturesque Poems Students learn haiku write descriptive poems and share with the class. acrostic. writing. interactive Shape Poems tool. and share them with the class.ht… 2/3 back to top . Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity | April 1 April is National Poetry Month! Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create.org/…/resource-print.ReadWriteThink Reading. Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Dynamite Diamante Poetry Introduce gerunds and review nouns.1/24/2011 Shape Poems . Elements of the writing process are also included. Writing. and verbs through engaging read-alouds. adjectives. and present their different poems to the class. Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity | February 14 Valentine's Day is today! Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device. In small groups or individually. Grades 1 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Shape Poems: Using the Five Senses Students write shape poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online. Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity | August 14 Ernest Thayer. Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry Acrostic Poems This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems.

ReadWriteThink Grades 2 – 6 | Printout | Writing Starter Haiku Starter This graphic organizer provides students the opportunity to brainstorm words about a given topic. Grades 3 – 8 | Professional Library | Journal Poets in Practice This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.ht… 3/3 .org/…/resource-print. © 2011 IRA/NCTE. and draft a haiku. Legal | Inter national Reading Association | National Council of Teacher s of English readwritethink.1/24/2011 Shape Poems . All r ights r eser ved. count and record the syllables.

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