April is National Poetry Month! Poetry can be a challenge for all learners, especially struggling readers, but icurio provides you access to rich imagery
and ideas that can inspire learners to develop literacy skills.
How can icurio help you create new meaning and different forms of engagement for learners through the use of poetry? icurio offers powerful collections and
literacy support tools that allow you to reinvent and reconstruct poetry for all learners …
- Give learners support for the basic building blocks of poetry
- Incorporate poetry into all subject areas
- Reformat text to engage all types of learners
- Help learners look at poetry through the lens of images
- Use poetry in unexpected areas to increase student interest
- Construct poetry in social and collaborative ways
We have created some reconstruction plans based on what students say about poetry – how will you reconstruct your approach to poetry for your learners?
Student: “I don’t know these words, they’re weird.”
Give learners support for the basic building blocks of poetry, especially individual words and the context of the poem.
Dictionary and Translation Tool
(Pick words to finish and construct poems)
Student: “I am so tired of math worksheets.”
Incorporate poetry into all subject areas to make literacy skills connections and increase the variety of instruction.
(Use number sequence to compose poems of the same number of syllables in the set)
Student: “I don’t get it – I can’t understand this stuff.”
Reformat the text in poetry to overcome comprehension challenges.
Read Aloud Tool
(Draw what you hear from the poem)
Student: “Poetry is just a bunch of random words.”
Give visual learners the ability to look at poetry through the lens of images, to increase comprehension and success in writing poetry.
(Write poetry around different shapes)
Student: “Learning about the rock cycle is soooo boring.”
Use poetry to increase the students’ interest in learning in new ways.
Keyword Search + Refining by English Language Arts
Student: “Why do I need to write poetry – it’s not like anyone is going to see it.”
Have learners construct poetry in social and collaborative ways.
My Content Folders to share poem ideas and information
Dream Flag Project
(One poem, plus another, plus another – constructing and collaborating a poem)
Review the Basics in icurio
In case you are curious about how icurio works and would like a refresher, you can watch the tutorial video, quickly find Content and activities to review