We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ poem I presented them with, which is one of the texts in our voice/silence text set.
They did a simply amazing job with responding, in writing, to each other. Therefore, I took their responses to the Poetry Pass home last night and immediately put them on 12″ x 12″ paper so they’d stand-out in the hall. I posted them this morning and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Parents and other fourth graders were out in the hallway reading through the papers on display this afternoon.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades 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).