When writing with your students… don’t forget about poetry. For many of your students, poetry is a great way to hook young authors. The ReadWriteThink apps for both the Android and iOS that will help inspire your students to create poetry and scaffold them along the way. In April, for National Poetry Month, I downloaded all of these apps onto my students iPads. I told them through the month of April, they can upload poems to their blogs. So many students were hooked!
Even the boys. Yes. As in Sharon Creech’s book, Love That Dog, we need to strive to inspire our most reluctant poets, our young boys. Poetry is a great door for boys as they love the idea that poetry defies most writing conventions. Punctuation? If you want! They love the little bit of rebellion in leaving off a period or not capitalizing or writing somewhat incomplete sentences.
All of these apps are FREE (my favorite kind) and they save and share easily (my favorite thing about a good app). All of these apps are good for K-12 students!
These apps are designed well for using a shared iPad or in a 1:1 environment. In addition, students can save their work to finish later. All poetry is easily shared at you can either email the poem or save it to your camera roll. My students have been publishing their poems onto their blogs and these poems publish beautifully!
So here they are (just follow my links to the AppStore to download for yourself):
Word Mover: This apps is like the old refrigerator magnets that allows you to create a found poem. You can choose from themes with pre-created word banks or add your own words.
Theme Poem: With this app students are inspired to write theme based poetry. This is great for grades kinder through 3rd, although my 4th graders are having a blast writing with this app during their Daily 5 time. The theme poems provided are nature, school, sports, celebrations, and shapes.
Haiku Poems: This app explains three different ways to write or be inspired by haiku poetry. The app suggests going on a nature walk, think of an “aha” moment, and explains the traditional 5-7-5 syllable count. The app helps you to brainstorm words and count the syllables. After your brainstorming, the app guides you to create a traditional haiku poem. You can also, select a background for your published poem or even upload your own image. Here is an example of the California Desert (image found on wikipedia):
Diamante Poems: I love how this app provides a guide for students to successfully create a diamante poem. Here is an example of using the Diamante App to describe the characters in the book City of Ember.
Acrostic Poems: One of the toughest things about creating acrostic poems with students is trying to get students to think beyond the main idea words and think of the little words their line can begin with. But this app builds in a word bank of words. Such as in the poem about Ember, the app suggested words for E like: especially, even every, exactly, except. Here is an example of using this app to describe the main idea of a book.
Don’t forget! Once your students have created these poems… they need to be shared!