I had a chance last week to work with first graders writing poetry and it was a great experience!
We read the mentor text Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, full of similes and colorful illustrations.
We talked about the similes in the book, and then my first graders wrote their own simile poems, describing themselves. They were so honest in their descriptions, and they had fun thinking about what animals they could compare themselves to.
The poems they wrote were great! We used their illustrations as backgrounds and made videos with the Tellagami EDU app. They had even more fun creating avatars of themselves for their videos.
Here’s an example for you to enjoy!
This lesson reminded me of the importance of picture book mentor texts. Audrey Wood’s example helped our students to create strong poems on their own and to feel successful as young poets.
If you want all of the details on this lesson, you can check it out on TPT. I hope you and your students are enjoying National Poetry Month!