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    Poetry with Students
    By Sammi

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    In my opinion, we need to immerse our students in poetry. They need to be reading it, writing it, listening to it, reciting it, and transcribing it. In fact, just this year I've started doing a weekly Poetry Transcription with my 4th graders. Each of my students have a folder set aside only for poetry. Once a week, I choose a poem to read aloud to them and they transcribe the poem. On the first reading, they are just listening. On the second reading, they transcribe. I tell them exactly how to arrange each stanza, where line breaks are, how to spell each word, where to punctuate and capitalize. The third read, they follow along as I read the poem again. They love doing it. Not at first, but it has grown on them. While doing this activity, I'm teaching listening skills, trust, literary elements, rhythm, and etc. Best of all, at the end of the year, my students will each have an anthology of poetry of their very own. I hope this helps.

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