Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Pieces of Meaning in Free Verse Poetry - Section 4: Teacher's Turn


My students, like many typical 2nd graders, tend to jump into the text, sometimes ignoring the illustrations and text features that carry so much meaning. One of the biggest ways to get kids to notice the illustrations and features in poetry is to model how to preview the text. This is true for poetry as well.

As you model, take the time to:

  • Talk about the illustration - 'What is it?'  'Do you like it? Does it help me understand better? What questions does it make me think of?'. 
  • Look over the shape of the poem - 'What you see in the shape? 'That shape reminds me of.... I'm guessing the topic is ... because of the shape.'
  • Purposefully talk about the repeating words and rhyme. 'How does the rhyme make you feel? Is it silly like Dr. Suess?' Why does the author use repeating words?'
  • Bring in background knowledge. 'I've heard of this topic before. I know that.... 'This picture reminds me of....'

Here's how I take time to preview the poem in this lesson to model for the kids to take the time before reading to bolster their comprehension.

  Discourse and Questioning: Take time to preview the poem with the students
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Pieces of Meaning in Free Verse Poetry

Unit 14: Poetry-Rhythm, Rhyme, Repeated Words-Let's Look at Different Kinds of Poetry
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT describe how words, phrases, and illustrations add meaning to a story.

Big Idea: Read the poem, look at the picture, consider your feelings-What helps us understand the poem better?

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, rhyme, Poetry, 2nd Grade, rhythm, free verse, repeating words
  55 minutes
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