Saturday, February 8, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Poems For Two Voices

Let's get MOTIVATED!
I'm so glad Jivey reminded me of poems for two voices that she linked up with me a couple of weeks ago! This book was assigned to me in college and I've always loved it, but you know you how you get so many ideas in your head sometimes you forget a few! (or a lot!)

The set up is for someone to read the left side and another person to read the right side, anything that's written on the same lines is read in unison. My students and I read a couple together for them to get the idea, then we wrote one together. It's about the teacher and the students. :)
I hate my voice...and I'm next to my phone so it's loud-sorry!

We whipped our class poem out in minutes-they loved it! I plan to revise and add to the poem for the final copy, but I was pretty impressed with the first draft!
Now...are YOU ready to be impressed??!! My students wrote their own poems for two voices from the voices of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. We've read several mentor texts about both of these inspirational people, so they used this knowledge to create their masterpieces!
Here's a copy of these two students' poem in case it's hard to understand.
My favorite part is for Martin, "I have a voice of thunder" and for Rosa, "I have lightning eyes."
Such deep and powerful thinking! Love!!! 
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING MORE IMPRESSIVE??!! I modeled the class poem the day before and they wrote these poems ALL ON THEIR OWN WITH A SUBSTITUTE!!
One of my friends subbed for me last week and she texted me after school to tell me how amazing they did on their poems-as soon as I returned the next day I knew they were very motivated by this assignment!
 They've already asked me when they can write them again! These are the kinds of lessons they remember and for teachers bring a smile to our hearts! You MUST try this with your class!
It could be used with so many concepts and grade levels!

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. I have this book, actually I know I have multiple copies of this book on my poetry shelf and I have never read it or used it with my class! I am going to have to pull it off my shelf. I love the way you used it, what a fun lesson!

  2. I was just looking at this book at our school library, and I put it back on the shelf. I'm introducing poetry to my kids over the next few weeks. I love, love, love the idea of having kids write a poem for two voices. What a great idea!

  3. I love Joyful Noise! Such a great poetry book. Thanks for sharing and reminding me!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. What a great way to integrate writing into your fluency practice! Such a great motivator for your students. Definitely borrowing this idea soon. Thanks, Joanne!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings
    (PS -- You may have noticed my restraint in using the exclamation point. ;) I read a post on Pinterest that said the exclamation point is not like confetti for writers so I should stop using it so much. I thought of us when I read that. LOL!!!!!!)

    1. But using exclamation points is so much fun!!! (I have the same problem....) :)

  5. I really LOVE this idea! I have been trying to find something neat to do to celebrate Black History month, and I think this is perfect! That's so impressive that your kiddos could do that on their own so quickly, especially with a sub! That's such a proud teacher moment for you! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

    Fourth Grade Shenanigans

  6. Love their poems - they did a great job and picked some powerful images. I will have to look into this book for sure (a new book to look for and it is not even mentor text day!). It is so great coming back from a day off to work that was done well rather than work that has to be re-done or finished. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

  7. What a great great great lesson. I am just starting poetry with my students, and I can't wait to do something like this with them. I Love the book Joyful Noise! Thanks for reminding me about it! Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  8. Hooray! I'm so excited that you used this idea, and your kids rocked it! Yippee!!!! :) xoxo

  9. Love the idea! And we have the book in the school library so I can get started right away. Thank you for sharing, Alex

  10. Love this! Have you seen the poetry book Mirror Mirror with poems that can be read backwards and forwards? I also like Gone Fishing by Wissinger (sp?). We just finished up our poetry unit and have our Poetry Slam on Friday-- V-Day. :-) I pinned your idea, so I can incorporate into my poetry unit next year. Caitlin (

  11. I love this book, but I needed a reminder as well! You are right about having so many ideas that sometimes they get "lost". The Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks poem came out great. Thank you for another awesome idea!

    Fit to be Fourth

  12. I've used two-voice poems with second graders and they absolutely loved it! I am going to have to try this with my fifth graders. I love how you did the Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks poems.

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  13. i read your mentor text post on The Ocean Is"... I just had to get it!! I teach 3rd grade and being able to identify what a metaphor is on our state test is so hard for my kids. This book and your lesson ideas are awesome! They totally got the concept, it was a great pick up. Thanks =) Kim

  14. How awesome is this!!! I loved the one y'all did as a class and was blown away by what your kiddos came up with!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  15. What an excellent lesson! This will work perfectly for our revolutionary unit.. We just happen to be studying Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. during this unit! I'm still out from surgery, but Theresa, Pinkadots Elementary, will be thrilled! I will save this lesson for future use! Thanks!

  16. I used this to help teach dialogue because the characters need to take turns speaking. It worked very well but would have been even better with the paper you used! :)

  17. I didn't follow the directions and title my post appropriately when linking up. I'm sowwy. :( LOVE the idea of the poems for two voices. I pinned because I'm super duper impressed! XOXO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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