Friday, February 26, 2010

Poetry Friday: Poetry Circles

Have you ever thought about using poetry circles in your classroom instead of literature circles.  I came across this idea at a Faye Brownlie workshop I attended.  Faye's book, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles is a fantastic approach to literature circles in the classroom that focuses on getting students involved in authentic conversations about literature.  Poetry circles is an adaptation of the same idea.

Basically, you provide 6 copies of 4-5 different poems.  Students select which poem they want to read. Students read the poems individually three times.  The first time they draw a picture of any images they see while reading.  The second time they circle, mark any keywords that jump of the page. After the third time through, they free write a response on the page about what the poem makes them think about.  Altogether, a fairly simply process to get them to have some understanding of the key ideas in the poem.  After each student has had a chance to work with their poem, they meet in groups to discuss their images, words and responses.  In the next lesson students would select a different poem and end up in a different group.

Poetry circles could help introduce/teach a poem in 30-40 minutes, and covers oral language and reading learning outcomes.

It could be a variation to A Poem A Day...

Jone has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Check it Out.


  1. What a great idea for working with kids! Thanks for sharing.

    Laura Evans

  2. Love this idea! Can't wait to try it!

  3. I thought since you enjoy poetry that I'd invite you to contribute your list of favorite poems to my survey. Read more about it here:

  4. Absolutely wonderful! a great way to incorporate oral language by having meaningful and relevant conversation. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great ideas. I'm going to be teaching a poetry lit. circle next month and will definitely incorporate this!