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Hoot & Howl Poems

...a Fall poetry & writer's notebook challenge

This poetry lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Karen McGee. Many of Karen's lessons can be found in the NNWP's Six by Six Guide for Primary Teachers.

The mentor text:

Halloween Hoots and Howls is a delightful collection of seasonal poetry! Your kids will love it and the poems are fun to memorize.



This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! The 2010-11 school year was our "Year of Writer's Notebooks." We revised lessons--like this one you're currently reading--to showcase how a teacher could model using his or her own notebook as a place to "capture and hold " future writing topics. Click on the image at left to see a full-page, printable version of the writer's notebook page inspired by this newly revised lesson. You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.


a great classroom guide!

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Joan Horton’s book of Halloween poems inspires students to try their hands at writing spooky poems. When your students build and decorate a large enough word bank for their writer's notebooks, they'll feel more empowered to attempt the dense, compacted writing of poetry. The notebook's word bank serves two important purposes: supplying needed vocabulary for the poem, and acting as a content word wall for spelling purposes. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; the writer’s goal is to select a group of words from the Halloween word bank to then build a Halloween poem of his own and to then brainstorm strong verbs that go with the words. The support trait is conventions; because the word bank acts as a Content Word Wall, the student will spell all of the selected words correctly. If this word wall is used in conjunction with a High Frequency Word Wall, the student will write a poem which is almost perfectly correct in spelling.


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