I know many people love summer and are sad to see the warmer days and weeks disappear, but Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp, cool air on my face. I love being able to go outside for more than 10 minutes without sweating buckets. I love football, bonfires, walks in the rustling leaves – I love Fall!
This year my son is starting a new writing curriculum, which will challenge him in poetry as well. I, for one, cannot wait to see what he comes up with. He, on the other hand, is less than enthusiastic about it, but I think this poetry copywork is a great transition for him.
Whether you love poetry and copywork or your children are just being introduced to poetry, I think this autumn themed copywork is a great starting point. You can use these poems in so many different ways beyond just copywork or handwriting practice.
Students can use them as writing prompts by having them add a stanza or two in the same style as the author. Have students pick their favorite poem and do a report on the poet. Have them write their own poem(s) in the style of their favorite. The possibilities are endless!
If you’re just starting to learn about poetry, definitions and the different types is a great place to start. And rather than write out the different styles and their characteristics, I will refer you to this post on Young Writers that gives a description of each one.
Poetry is not to be read the same as a novel or short story, therefore, here are some tips and strategies to help.
Survey the poem and see the way it is laid out on the page, stanzas, number of lines and the punctuation used throughout, especially at the end of lines.
Read the poem aloud several times. This is especially important for younger children just learning and being introduced to poetry. When learning to read poetry it can be difficult to hear the rhyming and rhythm, so reading aloud will help.
Have them to visualize the poem as it is read. They can listen for strong verbs and comparisons in the poem to help them see what the author is trying to convey. Much like reading a novel, poems will paint a picture if you listen to the words.
Define any new words or unfamiliar phrases. Just like when reading a novel, new words and unfamiliar phrases need to be identified and clarified. Listen for those that are repeated, as they may be important to the meaning of the poem. Students can use a dictionary, thesaurus or clues from the context.
Find the theme of the poem by asking questions about the message or idea the poet is trying to deliver. Maybe they are trying to explain something in a new and different way? Maybe it relates to your life or the state of a country at the time?
Included in this Set
- 18 Autumn Themed Poems
- Poems by:
- Elizabeth Drew Stoddard
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Carl Sandburg
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
- W.B. Yeats
- John Keats
- Robert Frost
- and many more!
- Lined pages for copywork
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Poetry for Kids: Emily DickinsonPoetry for Kids: Robert FrostThe Random House Book of Poetry for ChildrenWhere the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and DrawingsA Light in the Attic Special Edition with 12 Extra PoemsPoetry for Kids: Walt Whitman
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