Friday, September 16, 2016

Poetry Forms and Gone Fishing


Moving up to teaching seventh grade, I've been very excited about doing more with my students. For our poetry unit, one of those "mores" is being able to move into a deeper discussion about poetry forms. My secret weapon? Gone Fishing: a novel in verse by Tamara Will Wissinger and illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

This cute poetry novel-in-verse not only tells a full story but also tells that story through a wide range of poems in many different styles. Not only are those styles explained in a glossary section in the back, but they are also helpfully labeled in the book itself.


It's one thing to try and explain the idea of a dactyl, and it's another to be able to jump right to the poem and hear the (BUM da dum) pattern for yourself. This is a great resource for students and teachers, and I am looking forward to introducing these poems to my students and seeing how it inspires their own poetry explorations!

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8 comments:

  1. I agree! GONE FISHING is a great resource for teaching poetry forms. Did you know Tamera is coming out with GONE CAMPING in March next year? I'm so excited to read it!

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    1. I had not heard that yet, how fun! Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. What a fun book! I definitely agree, talking about poetry forms is one thing, but exploring them, experiencing them and seeing them in action is what brings poetry alive to young readers!

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    1. Agreed. I'm putting together a reference with a whole variety so that everyone can find some forms that appeal to them.

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  3. Oh....I've seen this title and haven't gotten my hands on it yet. Thank you for the reminder. I need this one in my library for middle schoolers -- especially my kids learning English. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. How fun. A great idea for the classroom and homeschooler.

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