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Every Friday afternoon, last year, my class and I used to have a weekly Poetry Circle. However, this year I didn’t due to a lack of time on my part. However, I’ve decided now that National Poetry Month is just around the corner, it’s time to reinstate Poetry Circle (right before Closing Circle) on Friday afternoons.
Students will have to fill out a blank Poetry Circle Submission Form so that I will know, ahead of time, what they’re going to read.
Here’s to hoping it’s as much of a success in my fourth grade classroom as it was in my fifth grade classroom in NYC.
NOTE: I originally got this idea from Georgia Heard, whose son’s second grade teacher did something similar, but called it Poetry Pond.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).