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    Poetry FOLDER
    By biyubelle

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    I use a three prong folder. I insert a title page, a table of contents with about 50 blank entry lines, a blank page, and the first four poems with pages numbered 1-4. (I have already entered the first four poems on the table of contents page.)

    After the first four poems, I copy and hole-punch each poem. The students enter the poem title and page in the table of contents and put the page number on the new poem page before inserting it into the folder. (This initiates my work on the skills related to tables of contents.)

    I have used the folder for choral reading, guided reading, and shared reading. The poem I add depends upon what I want to teach. I have used the poems for phonics work, vocabulary development, structural analysis, concept development, comprehension skills, etc.

    When the lesson is completed, the children get a chance to illustrate the poem on the blank facing page. It gives me another opportunity to check understanding. (BTW, don't let the students use markers to illustrate the poems. The illustration bleeds through to the poem side.)

    I have found this to be the easiest way to maintain a poetry "notebook."

    I hope this is the info you were looking for.

    P.S. I use to use the notebook, but got tired of pages sticking together and glue oozing over the sides.

    Try these sites:

    For phonics work try
    Phonics through Poetry by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

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