Close Reading And Writing Love Poems - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Close Reading And Writing Love Poems

Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.
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When I read Molly's blog post (Lessons with Laughter) where she described using the book, Vulture Verses with her students to create a class book of poems for the unloved...


...I immediately thought of a fun Seymour Simon book, Animals Nobody Loves.


The cover alone is enough to send some running! This is a great non-fiction book on animals, of course, but this book is the PERFECT book to use for modeling close reading. The book has 26 different pages/animals, each with its own short passage.

Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.

Seymour Simon does an excellent job describing each "gross" animal in an engaging way. It's really a great book to show how to make their non-fiction writing more interesting (because we know those can sometimes be the students' most BORING pieces of writing...) while still maintaining the truth.

The poems in Vulture Verses are also only one page each, and each page focuses on just one animal that people don't really care for too much.

Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.

These two books together will address Reading Anchor Standard 9 perfectly! (Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.)

LESSON IDEAS

Give students a photo copy of a page from each book on the same animal so they can write on it (remember, you can copy pages that are for classroom use!!) and use this activity sheet (which you can grab for free):
Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.
Here are the animals that are in both books:
vulture
spider
skunk
cockroach
bat (there are two kinds in the poems)

Allow students to research an animal of their choice, and then write their own animal poems!

Here are a couple examples of  the beginning of some poems from a previous class of mine.

Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.

This student was upset that zebras are hunted for their hide, so she was on track to write about that being unfair:

Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.

Of course, around Valentine's Day, you could have them imitate Vulture Verses and write LOVE poems to those animals! :)

Check out more poetry ideas HERE!

Get this Close Reading Poetry pack for even more practice!


Get this Nonfiction Better Than Basal Unit for MORE nonfiction activities!


Ideas by Jivey shares ideas to use nonfiction texts to close read and practice paired texts, as well as work on writing poetry in upper elementary classrooms.

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