Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons teach us that poets often write about deep feelings with honest and precise language in their beautiful minilessons in Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages. I love the way they ask kids to be honest with the words they choose.
I have been wondering how I can capture some of the things that poets do, like using honest and precise language, and create some strategy charts to go along with the minilessons I teach. I want the young poets I teach to be able to write poems about big feelings too, and to have some ways of finding honest and precise words. The following is a chart that a first grade class and I made together this week to help us write poems with big feelings using honest and precise words.
Happy writing. I hope you and your writers enjoy this time to celebrate poetry with one another!