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I remember many years ago as a student teacher having to create a poetry file for an assignment. I cut up cardboard, used fancy felt-tips, wrote a different poem on each cardboard sheet, illustrated took hours and hours.
When I visit junior classrooms, I often see blown up Poem Cards that teachers are using with children. I advise teachers to make IWB notebook files of their poems. Once they have made their poetry files and saved as a single document, they can use them in conjunction with their Poem cards.
They can use all of the tools such as 'highlighter, shapes, pen tool' to teach conventions of text and poetry. The blown up Poem Cards are still used as independent reading activities.

If you do not have an Interactive Board, but you do have a projector than make your poem files in PowerPoint or Keynote (or Google Presentation) files.
Use your whiteboard markers to teach conventions of text and poetry.

Download the mimio ink file

Poetry Framework
My Puppy.isf Inspiration file

Diamante Poetry

A teacher showed me this great poetry writing site today Diamante Poems. It explains what a Diamante poem is
Screen_shot_2010-10-12_at_7.09.46_PM.pngand the students can then write one themselves with the application guiding them through the process.
Type in a Title, a beginning topic and ending topic. The application gives hints as to what to write.
Screen_shot_2010-10-12_at_7.32.01_PM.pngClick Continue, then click on Print.



Jenny Eather's 'Writing is fun' site is a fabulous resource for all genres of writing. Click on the Poetry link.