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.
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.
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!