To introduce the students to diamonte poems, I will show them some fun examples of student work posted on the following website:
On this website, they hosted a diamonte writing contest. If you scroll down to the comments section, you can see all the student entries. There are some great poems!
I am hoping to inspire the students to create their own diamonte masterpieces.
Today we will work on the concrete poem section of their Pocket Poetry Guides. We will read through the description page on diamonte poems and also the steps on creating diamonte poems. We will then work together as a class to create a diamonte poem together. This will help them understand the steps to creating a diamonte poem so that they can create one on their own.
After we have created our class poem, I will then give students time to create their own diamonte poem. As the students are working I will walk around helping those who need help coming up with ideas or need help in general. Those who finish quickly I will challenge to write another diamonte poem.
During writing time, I always have the kids keep what we call a level 0 voice. Level 0 means that there is no voice at all. It is quiet work time. I feel strongly that when students are asked to write, the environment needs to be one where they can think and not be distracted. Most of the time I encourage collaboration in my classroom, so a level 0 voice is not expected all the time, but it is during writing.
To wrap up our lesson, I will allow students who would like to share their poems to do just that. we have a castle theme in my classroom this year, so when I have the students share their writing they share from our royal reader thrown. It gets kids excited about sharing their work.