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Gearing Up for Poetry

Poetry Portfolio

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It’s May. National Poetry Month is over. However, that means that I’m just three weeks away from the start of our final unit of study: POETRY! 🙂

I decided to take the eight poems I had done for the One-Week Poetry Challenge and put them into a binder. However, I then realized I should probably put together the same kind of Poetry Portfolio I’m asking my students to put together this year. (I’ve evolved from Poetry Anthologies of their own work to Poetry Portfolios, last year, which include students’ own writing, poems they admire, and reactions to poems they’ve encountered.) Therefore, I put together a colorful cover sheet and will start working on this ‘mentor binder’ over the weekend.

Note: (These are this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines. I tweaked what I did last year since I’m teaching one grade lower than I was last year. Hence, the requirements will be slightly less due to that fact.)

2 thoughts on “Gearing Up for Poetry

  1. Hey, “recordedbooks,” that’s a fabulous prize. I used Joyful Noise with an adult literacy class I taught years ago, and the students loved it! We’ve also used his lovely Seed Folks with adult learners. This was especially successful in one class that had taken on the cultivation of two plots at our local community garden!


  2. If you’re finishing up the school year with poetry, check out We’re currently giving away free access to audio of Newbery Medal winner Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman, along with lesson plans and worksheets.


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