Monday, April 30, 2012

Haiku Poems & Planning for LDGs

Last Friday we added to our poetry anchor chart that some poetry follows a specified structure. (It's at the bottom of the chart!)
One kind of poetry that follows a specific structure is HAIKU poetry. We started an anchor chart to list all of the poetry forms we will learn that have a specified structure. (Please note: I'm VERY aware that I'm missing a 'c' in the word 'structure' on this anchor chart. I didn't notice it until I got home tonight and checked the blog. The perfectionist side of me is totally freaking out right now, but I'm working in my life to chill out about things. :) If I take a step back, I have to say to myself, "It's the letter 'c', Leanne. You're freaking out over the letter 'c'." And then it gets put into perspective that there are far worse things in life than a missing letter. I'll live... I think. ;)
I used these SMARTboard slides to teach more about haiku poems. The haiku poem samples I used on the slide below required students to infer the topic. We referred to our poetry anchor chart (first picture in this blog posting) that already had this listed from a previous lesson!
 To make it interactive, I put pictures of each haiku's topic on a 'flipper' tool so students could tap to see if their inferences were right.
Before letting students write their own haikus, I had students practice more with syllables by having them clap the syllables of their own first and last names. I had kids stand who had, for example, four syllables in their last name. Then they proved it to the class by clapping it. I would highly recommend you do some syllable work prior to letting students try out their own haikus. In past years, I've had kids write haikus that were 5 WORDS, 7 WORDS, and 5 WORDS.Some of your kids might miss that key component to haiku poems if you don't explicitly teach syllables. Here are the haiku poems one of my students wrote.
Some of you may remember from previous blog postings that we wrote Color Poems to help teach the objectives that poems appeal to all 5 senses, contain powerful language, and require us to infer. Here is the display of our colorful poetry in our hallway. You can see the 'flaps' students put over the top of the color they wrote about so that their audience would get the chance to infer what color they wrote about prior to peeking at the answer.

Last Friday we also had early release. The kids got to go home to play, and we teachers stayed at school to work. The thing is, I don't think the community knows that teachers stay to work on early release days because I had parent from a different grade say, "Any big plans this afternoon for you, Miss Bongers?" I kind of thought she was being sarcastic, so of course I replied with, "Oh, you know... just big plans to plan some literature discussion groups for next week!" She laughed, thinking I was kidding.

On early release days, teachers are required to be at school to work on a variety of tasks that are pre-assigned by our administration. This past Friday, our staff worked diligently to apply a lot of the new training we received last week at a literacy workshop on literature discussion groups. Although it would be awesome if we did, we teachers don't just magically know everything. :) We, too, have to learn, study, and practice. The world of education, best practices, and research of how students learn best continues to evolve every single day! As we learn more about literature discussion groups, we need to study and practice putting together planners for our literature discussion groups so that our instruction and facilitation are as effective as possible to lift students' comprehension and discussion.

For those of you who followed my blog last week, you followed me as I worked with my Pink and Say LDG. Prior to introducing the book to students, I created a planner using our district's LDG protocol to help me launch the book and facilitate the group successfully. Here is an example of what I planned (for nearly 3 hours!) prior to working with the group. We don't have a teacher's manual full of planners that we just whip out a minute before we meet with a group. Teachers work really hard and need time to plan PURPOSEFUL lessons for students so that their comprehension is truly lifted as they read, flag, and discuss text.

So, during early release last Friday, I worked to create another LDG planner for Henry's Freedom Box. You can see that all of our district's LDG texts have a bright pink sticker on them. This lets us as teachers know that it is a text that could spark some excellent conversation due to its content, language, literary elements, and themes. These texts are also culturally responsive and help students make greater connections to the diverse cultures and people that make up our world. On the right, you can see the notes I took about Henry's Freedom Box as I read it for the first time. I recorded symbolism, themes, vocabulary, and thicker questions about the text that I thought students could discuss at a deeper level. It's not organized and pretty, but then again, taking notes never really is! I used my notes and started to fill out a LDG planner just like the one shown above for Pink and Say. We have a field trip tomorrow and on Wednesday so my plan is to launch this Henry's Freedom Box LDG on Thursday. Stay tuned!


  1. It was fun doing the color poems can we do them again?

    1. Olivia, now that you know how to do them yourself, you may want to use your independent writing time in Writer's Workshop to write another one with a new color in mind. I can get you the planning sheet we used so you can take it through the writing process like we did! You can be an expert color poet! See you tomorrow!

  2. Thanks for sharing your notes for the LDGs. Very helpful to see another teacher's thoughts and how things come together. No, we don't just know everything. I've learned more from all the blogs I stalk and from YOU in the last 5 months than in the last 2 years before I realized this blog world was out there. Thanks so much.

  3. Thanks a lot I really loved how u showed us an example and how you helped me and my students. Anyway Thanks!

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  4. hell no I do not want to do color poems