Category Archives: Poetry

Launching Theme 5: Heroes

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This week, we are launching Theme 5:  Heroes in our Houghton Mifflin Reading Anthology.

Who do you consider a hero in your life?  Why do you respect this person?  Can you name a few heroes in U.S. history?  How about a few heroes in Mexican or Latin American history?  What are character traits heroes possess?  Go to the comment area and write a few names of heroes (using the correct punctuation for proper nouns, of course!)  🙂

On Tuesday, we will read the poem “A Song of Greatness,” a Chippewa song translated by Mary Austin.  After reading the poem (also found on pge 526 of your reading anthology), answer these questions:

  • What do you think the line “I too am one of those” means?
  • What would make you feel like a hero?
  • Why do you think firefighters were chosen to illustrate the Heroes theme?

On Friday, we will compose adapted poems to add to “Our Song of Greatness.”

Sneak Peek:  Here is Ms. Rankin’s  A Song of Greatness.

Resources for “Grandfather’s Journey”

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This week, we are reading Grandfather’s Journey” in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Comprehension:  Click on Comprehension Quiz to test your understanding of the story and prepare for Friday’s Reading Test.

Vocabulary:  Click on e-Word Game to play a game while practicing this week’s vocabulary words.  Click on Flashcards to practice the vocabulary words with flashcards.  Click on Matching Game or Concentration Game or Wordsearch to play games that practice the vocabulary words.

Grammar:  Click on Subject/Predicate Practice to practice the grammar topic for this week.  Click on Subject/Predicate Video to watch a music video on subjects and predicates.

Test your ability to identify subjects and predicates with this quiz!

Writing:  Learn about haiku.  Write your own haiku on the Haiku Hero game!

Using Poetry and 2.0 Technology to Promote Language Proficiency

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On Thursday, June 28, I will present Speaking of Writing ~ using poetry and 2.0 technology to promote language proficiency at the UCI Writing Project’s Summer Institute for Teachers.  

Here are my handouts and PPT presentation.  Here are additional helpful links:

Mrs. Renz’ Fourth Grade Class Poetry Unit
Instant Poetry Forms
Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners
Writing Poetry with English Language Learners

Our Online Poetry Exhibit and Competition

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls,

Our 4th-grade class is honored to present our end-of-year online poetry exhibit and competition.  In our Poetry Album, we exhibit selected poems from our Positively-Popular, Published Poetry Project.  We invite you to view our poetry collection, breathe in each poem, and vote for your favorite five!   Our online poll remains open from June 1 – June 8.

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

Here again is the link to our Poetry Album; please view all three pages of the album (we suggest “View as a Slideshow”) to enjoy each published poem:

Album of Poems

Thank you, Miss Yee, for introducing us to PhotoBucket so we could effectively and efficiently display our poems in an album.  Please contact Miss Yee, Ms. Rankin or a 4th-grade poet for the password to our Poetry Album.

Express, impress, press on!


Sincerely,

Ms. Rankin & Miss Yee’s Pod of Poets

 


 
 
 
 

Our Online Poetry Exhibit and Competition

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls,

Our 4th-grade class is honored to present our end-of-year online poetry exhibit and competition.  On this post, we will each publish one selected poem from our Positively-Popular, Published Poetry Project.  On Friday, May 18, Tuesday, May 22 Friday, June 1, we invite you to log on and vote for your favorite poem.  Our online poll will remain open from May 18 through May 22 May 22 – May 28 June 1 – June 8.

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

Breathe in and enjoy, friends: 

Album of Poems

Ms. Rankin’s Pod of Poets

Alexander’s Color Poem

Brandon’s Color Poem

Cesar’s Creature Alliteration Poem

Cindy’s Haiku Poem

Daniela’s Alphabet Alliteration poem

Gabriel’s Cinquain Poem

Jesenia’s Cinquain Poem

Jonathan’s Cinquain Poem

Kenny’s Alphabet Alliteration Poem

Leslie L.’s Acrostic Poem

Mario’s W-W-W-W-W Poem

Priscila’s Haiku Poem

Ms. Rankin’s Acrostic Poem

Oswaldo’s Acrostic Poem

Priscila’s Haiku Poem

Zaira’s Haiku Poem

Poetry ~ Truth In Its Sunday Clothes

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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.  W. H. Auden
This week we  begin our poetry unit.  We will explore and compose acrostic poems, alphabet alliteration poems, and cinquain poems.  We thank Ms. Renz and her 4th-grade class for her positively popular poetry project! 🙂
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. ~Joseph Roux
Here is a useful reference for you to use in the future!