Poetry for Kids

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Poetry for Kids

Emily Dickinson, Illustrated by Christine Davenier, Edited by Susan Snively PHD

©2016 Susan Snively

Quarto Publishing Group

Lexile Code: NP

Stuffed with a selection of 35 beautifully written poems directed for children, this compilation takes you through the four seasons of the year with the beautiful poems and incredible illustrations.  Not one does the anthology include such beautiful works, however there are section at the bottom of the pages which define what the difficult words are, which is great for all readers.  Definitely a must read poetry book for students!

Standard: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

Suggested Delivery: Independent read 3rd grade

The video found here would be a great way to introduce the students to who Emily Dickinson was.

The students can also take a visit to this website made for Emily Dickinson to do further research about this author.

Teaching Suggestions:

  • Vocabulary is an essential part to reading. This anthology of poems includes difficult words at the bottom of the pages which have tough ones. One activity which could help students grow their vocabulary alongside of this would be to have the students cover the bottom of the pages which gives those definitions, and guess what the words mean based on the context in a small group prior to reading the definitions.  The following vocabulary words would work well in this pre-teaching activity:
    • Dwell- To live in a specified place
    • Banish- To send some away & never let come back
    • Admire- To look at with pleasure
    • Glance- To take a quick look
    • Perish– To suffer death
    • Quibbled- Answered
  • Comprehension is the goal in reading.  It is important to focus on comprehension before, during, and after reading a story.  The following activities can be done throughout the journey a student takes reading this book in order to support the level of comprehension reached:
    • Before reading the story, a great activity for students to develop schema related to the story would be to have them fill out a KWL about poetry, and what they think of when they hear the name Emily Dickinson.  Then, fostering a small group discussion on what they predict to see in the text based on the cover would be a great way to prepare the students for reading.
    • During reading, an activity which will support the comprehension of the students would be to have the students watch the video seen above which explains a little bit about the life of Emily Dickinson.  This would be a great thing to pair with the introduction of the anthology.  This would show students that they are reading the words of a very important person in literature!
    • After reading, having students in a small group discussion talk about what they learned through researching and reading works by Emily Dickinson and what questions they still have would be a good way to see what the students picked up on through this reading.
  • A conclusive writing activity is a great way to wrap up this anthology with the students would be to have students attempt to write their own poem about any of the four seasons would be a great way to have students conclude their comprehension of the story. The class can be divided intro four groups and each group will be assigned a season to write a poem about based on what they have seen through Dickinson’s work.

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