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3rd Grade and Book Character Poems Celebrating National Poetry Month

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:

Librarian recording students reading their poem in the studio.

I used one of our Flip cameras to record the students in our morning show studio.

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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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