National Library Week Post #3 Poetry Month

In our continuing celebration of National Library I worked with another 3rd grade class having them write poems.  In one of my graduate classes this spring at Florida State University (online), we wrote a “Character Poem” about a character in a children’s fiction book.

Character Poem

Using a template from an article by Bleeker (see link below), the students filled in the blanks using text and ideas from a book.  I chose picture books with a strong main character and had the group read it.  Some of the titles we used: Where the Wild Things Are, Elmer, The Monkey and the Crocodile, Harry the Dirty Dog, The Extraordinary Egg, and The Paperbag Princess.  I grouped the students in small groups of 3 or 4.

Students reading picture books for character poem activity

Students reading picture books for character poem activity

 

Students looking through picture book for inspiration

Students looking through picture book for inspiration

Students using Character Poem template to write poetry.

Students using Character Poem template to write poetry.

I found the template online:  http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/spring96/bleeker.html

Character Poem based on Max from Where the Wild Things Are

I think this character poem would be useful for classroom teachers as an alternative to more traditional types of book reports!

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