While in graduate school working on my Specialist degree, I was introduced to a poem template for a book character. I used it successfully last year during National Poetry Month and decided it was worth a repeat. I selected picture books with strong characters and a strong plot that could be read easily by the 3rd grade students. Titles included: Where the Wild Things Are, Harry the Dirty Dog, The Paper Bag Princess, The Gingerbread Boy, The Three Billy Goats Gruff (and a few more).
The small group decided how they would read the book (take turns, have one reader, etc.) and after reading the book, they completed the template.
Movie and YouTube
I recorded all of the groups reading their poem using Windows Movie Maker to put together the clips and then uploaded the movie to YouTube. I’ve completed 2 movies and have one more to go. Check out the completed ones: