One all time favorite is the Haiku Poem. Another we have recently introduced is the Verb Poem. Rewriting lyrics to a song is also very popular and effective. These text types provide structure to scaffold student’s expression. In other words student’s don’t have to think about the format. They are free to only think about what they need to express.
Yesterday, via Twitter, I found another great idea for Poetry, Book Spine Poetry, by Travis Jonker (twitter @100scopenotes and website: http://100scopenotes.com).
This morning I decided to try it out myself so I made a rare visit to my school Library (Leigh Ann would be so proud) and began playing with book spines. Also, I find it challenging to help students understand and support synthesis but today I think I discovered synthesis thinking in action. I was literally taking title ideas and creating my own poem; a new idea!
Leigh Ann and I read Steve Peha’s work on All’s Well That Spells Well. I wont even try to summarize what’s within the document. You can download and read it all from http://www.ttms.org/ Enjoying soaking up what he has to say and form your own opinions. The document is described as “practical perspective and simple suggestions for the teaching of spelling” and “a fast and fabulous getting started guide to research-based spelling instruction”.
The document has articulated for me what I believe about Spelling and amongst the many good ideas I’ve chosen a few as tools to begin making change within my own practice. Below is one document (a Spelling Inquiry of a sound to its letter patterns - you can also use a letter pattern to its sounds) which I’ve recreated from All’s Well That Spells Well. We use this coupled with the THRASS Picturechart another great visual and practical resource from http://www.thrass.com.au/
I use this Spelling Inquiry during the Sharing, Revising and Editing stages of the Writing Process when focusing on 6+1 Writing Trait of Conventions.
ProDivas is a simple sharing approach, teacher to teacher, for our professional development. We collect and share bite-sized practical ideas. Once you take a bite, you may be self-motivated to eat the whole meal! We aim to find ideas supported by research to then apply for “best practice” but some ideas are too good to miss and are just simple “teacher tips”.