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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