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Be You & Become a Better Writer: Poetry Writing, 8-Week Course


Love That Dog-Poetry Book Club

In this 5 week course we will read Love that Dog by Sharon Creech and write poetry modeling after great poets.
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the elements of poetry and also improve fluency, confidence, and appreciation of reading through this poetry book club. They will also learn how to write poetry using mentor text poetry. 
Week One-Begin reading the book together and discuss the theme and prose style used in the book.
Week Two-Continue Reading Love that Dog, and begin writing the first poem based on the poem, "The Red Wheel Barrel", by William Carlos Williams. 
Week Three-Discuss Shape poems and their use of them in the book. Write a shape poem and continue reading the book. 
Week Four-Continue Reading and discussing Love that Dog and the central themes involved. Write a poem based on "The Bells", by Poe. 
Week Five-Finish the book, design a shape poem and present the poetry book to the class(depending on comfort level).
Students will read the equivalent of 10-15 pages on their own. This book is written in prose and there are much fewer words on a page. We will read in class together and begin each assignment together. They will be expected to research and write the poetry book in their homework time between classes. The work outside of class with reading, researching, and writing should be approximately one hour depending on what the students finish in our classtime. 
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Students will be assessed by pass/fail and written comments on their final project-poetry book. This book will include all of the poems we write using mentor poems from famous poets like Poe and Williams. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will use google docs and slides by using a Gmail account, whether parent created or student-created. Studnets will be given a link and access code to both Padlet and Flipgrid to create posts and videos for assignments and classwork. .
We will refer to and read Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. 


About Me

Hello! I have been teaching for over 25 years and love it! I have taught all ages and subjects and enjoy learning new things myself. I have a Master's degree and National Boards certification in teaching literacy. I am also Montessori certified in... 
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