1. Each poetry template develops targeted writing skills. "The Five Senses Remembering" template trains students to write for all five types of sensory images, write in a 5-stanza form, and make word choices that emphasize alliteration/assonance/consonance.
    After students finish writing, they "Word Paint" their poem with vocal expression. After rehearsal with Word Painting, students perform each stanza of the poem.

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  2. Each poetry template teaches targeted writing techniques. This template shows students how to write short phrases with singular and plural subjects, and then arrange these phrases to create a collage-like effect. After brainstorming, drafting, revising, rewriting, and publishing their poem, students Word Paint their poem with vocal expression. Finally, students perform their own poem.

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  3. Each poetry template is structured to help students develop specific poetry writing skills. This template helps children learn to use repetition, rhythm, and the short/short/long stanza form. Students brainstorm, draft, edit, revise, and publish their poem. Then, students set their poems with vocal expression using Word Painting. Finally, students perform their poem.

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  4. Musician and Teaching Artist Marcia Daft shows 2nd grade students how to write a poem about "Stories" using the rhyming and rhythmic pattern of Dr. Suess' "One Fish, Two Fish"

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  5. Musicians and Children's book writers have lots of tricks for making words sound great! "Sound Writing" is a term I made up to describe these writerly techniques. Watch how kindergarten and 1st graders easily picked up two "Sound Writing" techniques: rhythm and alliteration.

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Teaching the Music of Language is a Grade K-5 arts-integrated program that brings together musical fluency and expression with fluency and expression in reading and writing. This collection of videos showcases a wide range of poetry styles created and…


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