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Mentor Text Lessons: Published Poetry
forty-nine lessons created by teachers who've attend our NNWP workshops

When students write poetry alongside their teachers, both teacher and student learn more about how the writing process is different for every individual child. Our Piñon Poetry Festival celebrates this simple but true notion.

Even if you cannot come to Northern Nevada to attend our poetry festival, we encourage you to sit down and write poetry alongside your students.

The lessons on this page celebrate our appreciation of poetry here in Northern Nevada.

How did this page of lessons come about? Since the 1990's our Northern Nevada Writing Project has sponsored annual poetry events for students and teachers in Nevada. In 2001, when we launched the WritingFix website, we began posting many of the demonstration lessons from past workshops, and we began posting new lessons that were being created by our NNWP Teacher Consultants and teachers taking our inservice classes. This page began taking shape as our "poetry collection" in 2002.

At WritingFix, we use all of Ralph Fletcher's books. Many share advice from the actual writer, presented in such a way that students in third grade and up can easily understand and attempt. Fletcher does an amazing job with sharing the wisdom he's gained about the writing process in a way that students can easily respond to. Fletcher's book, Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out, will not only inspire you as teacher planning lessons, but it will also inspire your students to find the poetry hidden in their souls and backpacks and closets. We have given away this little treasure of a book at many of our workshops, including the Piñon Poetry Festival.

What is the Piñon Poetry Festival? Each spring, the Northern Nevada Writing Project continues to celebrate the power of poetry by sponsoring this annual festival. Each year's festival is dedicated to the memory of Bill Abrams, who was friend to the NNWP, an inspiration to its teachers, and a lover of language. You can learn more about Bill just below.


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Teachers attend our popular Piñon Poetry Festival with two of their students in tow, and together they write poetry inspired from demonstration lessons presented by NNWP Teacher Consultants. Teachers return to their classrooms with lessons, mentor texts, published samples, and student helpers who can assist them when they teach the lessons to the rest of their students.

Hey, NNWP Consultants...Propose a Poetry Lesson for next Year's Poetry Festival! If you're an NNWP Consultant (which means you've taken our 5-credit Invitational Institute at UNR), you are eligible to propose a lesson for future poetry festivals. The lessons presented at our poetry festival a) must be linked to a mentor text that we can purchase for teachers who attend the festival and b) must be able to be presented in less than sixty minutes to 3rd-8th grade students who attend the festival and write alongside their teachers. Here is the template for mentor text lessons that we feature at WritingFix. Being a presenter at our long-standing poetry festival is both a good-paying job that looks excellent on a resume and a valuable learning experience for the presenter.

We hope all teachers accessing this page enjoy and use the forty-nine poetry lessons we have published on this page. Most of all, we hope our little page of poetry resources inspires you to craft an original writing lesson that you're proud to share with your students!

Know when new poetry lessons are posted here...

...by joining our Ning's Poetry Interest Group. Click here, create a profile, and you'll know whenever new lessons are published on this page.

Our Most Popular Personification Lesson!

Lesson:
Making the Abstract Concrete

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Lessons Featured at the NNWP's Piñon Poetry Festival, 2006-2011

Our Piñon Poetry Festival is Dedicated to Bill Abrams' Memory 
the following information about Bill was shared by Joan Taylor, former Director of the Northern Nevada Writing Project

Bill Abrams was a leader of teachers and a poet for over 20 years. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, he was committed to the students and teachers in Nevada. Bill had tremendous faith in the power of teachers working collaboratively with one another and spent much time on projects to draw teachers together to share ideas and celebrate their own and their students’ learning. Although he was an ardent fan of all teachers, he had a special love for English/language arts teachers; and he had an amazing knack for getting them involved in far-flung and engaging projects. Many of us are still working on those projects today, almost 15 years after he left us.

He was a poet and long-time member of Ash Canyon Poetry Society. He would often entertain us with his poems during Northern Nevada Writing Project Summer Institutes. He founded the Northern Nevada Piñon Poetry Festival when it became apparent that the Book-Out and the Nevada Young Writers publications were so overflowing with poetry that we perhaps needed an additional event and publication just for the poetry selections.

 Bill suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for most of the years he worked with us. He joked and laughed about the annoyances of the debilitating disease and negotiated the difficulties of his disability with uncommon courage and grace. He inspired us to do our best and to see the finest in one another. We found it most fitting when noted poet, Sean Griffin, announced in 1998 that the Northern Nevada Piñon Poetry Festival would be renamed the Bill Abrams Piñon Poetry Festival.

Click here to open and read one of Bill's poems.


Dennis Black, friend of the NNWP, painted our Festival Mural.

Each spring, 30 teachers register for the NNWP's Piñon Poetry Festival in Northern Nevada. These teachers attend the festival with two of their students, and all three write poetry together to one or two of the poetry lessons featured at WritingFix. When teachers return to school, they are encouraged to teach the poetry lessons from the festival with their whole class, using the two students who accompanied them as helpers.

Here, the NNWP's own Bonnie Vogler attends the festival with two of her students in 2007.

The Piñon Poetry Festival has been an annual event in Northern Nevada since the 1990's. In 2006, as our WritingFix resource website was gaining popularity with a national and international audience, we decided to begin posting the festival's demonstration lessons on this page for anyone to access and use with their student writers. Below, you can find all our featured poetry lessons we've posted since 2006. If our festival's poetry lessons don't provide poetic inspiration to you, be sure to look lower on the page where we share a variety of lessons by Northern Nevada teachers that--even though never shared at our feastival--are great lessons for students of all ages, K-12.

March 22, 2011: This Year's Poetry Festival Lessons
Coming to our 2011 Festival:
Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow Poems

Mentor Text:
"Yesterday"
sung by the Beatles

NNWP Consultant Rob Stone will be presenting this lesson!

Coming to our 2011 Festival:
Quest-item Poetry

Mentor Text:
"I've Gotta Name"
sung by Jim Croce

NNWP Consultant Corbett Harrison will be presenting this lesson!

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Festival Poetry Lessons: 2006-2010
From our 2010 Festival:
The Color of Love

Mentor Text:
I Love You the Purplest

by Barbara M. Joosse

Focus Trait: Word Choice
Support Trait: Organization

Lesson inspired by: Karen McGee, NNWP Consultant since 1985

From our 2010 Festival:
Emotions & Colorful Days

Mentor Text:
My Many Colored Days

by Dr. Seuss

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Word Choice

Prompt inspired by: Sharon Berry, Northern Nevada elementary teacher

From our 2009 Festival:
What If... Poems

Mentor Text:
What If...
by Regina J. Williams

Focus Trait: Word Choice
Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson inspired by: Amanda Bodenstein, NNWP Consultant since 2002

From our 2009 Festival:
Haiku Riddles


Mentor Text:
If Not for the Cat

by Jack Prelutsky

Focus Trait: Word Choice
Support Trait: Idea Development

Prompt inspired by: Heather Clark, NNWP Consultant since 2004

From our 2008 Festival:
So Much Depends Upon...


Mentor Text:
Love That Dog

by Sharon Creech

Focus Trait: Voice
Support Trait: Word Choice

Prompt inspired by: Dena Harrison, NNWP Consultant since 2001

From our 2008 Festival:
Poems of Apology

Mentor Texts:
This is Just to Say...
by Joyce Sidman

Focus Trait: Sentence Fluency
Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson inspired by: Todd Hermann, NNWP Consultant since 1998

From our 2007 Festival:
Between Repeated Lines

Mentor Text:

Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Lesson inspired by: Kim Polson, NNWP Consultant since 2004

From our 2007 Festival:
Ballads about Family


Mentor Text:
Family Reunion

by Mary Quattlebaum

Focus Trait: Sentence Fluency
Support Trait: Word Choice

Lesson inspired by: Heather Clark, NNWP Consultant since 2004

From our 2006 Festival:
School Song Parodies

Mentor Text:
Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs
by Alan Katz

Focus Trait: Sentence Fluency
Support Trait: Idea Development

NNWP Lesson Author: Tara Robertson, NNWP Consultant since 2002

 

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Picture books can inspire great poetry from your students! Each year in Northern Nevada, we host a variety of teacher workshops that we call "Make and Take" workshops; at each class's conclusion, all participants have created a new lesson they're willing to share with the other participants as well as share with their students. Some of our participants' lessons really shine as powerful exemplars of well-designed instruction. The very best of those lessons--with the contributing teacher's permission--become part of the WritingFix collection.

Below, you will find poetry lessons created over the years by teachers who were inspired by picture books from their classroom bookshelves.

Ten Original Poetry Lessons Proposed by Teachers Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts:
Lesson:
Four Metaphor
Poems


Mentor Text:
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
Lesson:
Special Place
Poems


Mentor Text:
A Quiet Place

by Douglas Wood
Lesson:
Listen to the Word
Choice of Authors

Mentor Text:
Listen to the Rain
by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Lesson:
Ain't Gonna
Rain No More


Mentor Text:
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
Lesson:
Impersonating
Great Poets


Mentor Text:
Science Verse
by Jon Scieszka
Lesson:
Hoots and Howls--An
October Poetry Contest


Mentor Text:
Halloween Hoots and Howls
by Joan Horton
Lesson:
Start & Stop
Poems


Mentor Text:
Twilight Comes Twice
by Ralph Fletcher
Lesson:
Poems to Bug
Your Reader


Mentor Text:
insectlopedia
by Douglas Florian
Lesson:
Animals Not
to [Verb] with...


Mentor Text:
Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll
by Karin Ireland
Lesson:
Hubris
at the Bat


Mentor Text:
Casey at the Bat
, original poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, Illustrations by Christopher Bing

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Chapter books can inspire great poetry from your students! Each year in Northern Nevada, we host a variety of teacher workshops that we call "Make and Take" workshops; at each class's conclusion, all participants have created a new lesson they're willing to share with the other participants as well as share with their students. Some of our participants' lessons really shine as powerful exemplars of well-designed instruction. The very best of those lessons--with the contributing teacher's permission--become part of the WritingFix collection.

Below, you will find poetry lessons created over the years by teachers who were inspired by favorite chapter books and short stories from their classroom bookshelves.

Six Original Poetry Lessons Proposed by Teachers Using Chapter Books and Short Stories as Mentor Texts:
Lesson:
Paulsen-inspired
Nature Poems

Mentor Text:

Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen
Lesson:
Writing a
Backwards Poem


Mentor Text:

Holes
by Louis Sachar

Mentor Text:

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

Mentor Text:

Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

Mentor Text:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mentor Text:

"Where are you Going, Where have you Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

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Song lyrics can inspire great poetry from your students! Each year in Northern Nevada, we host a variety of teacher workshops that we call "Make and Take" workshops; at each class's conclusion, all participants have created a new lesson they're willing to share with the other participants as well as share with their students. Some of our participants' lessons really shine as powerful exemplars of well-designed instruction. The very best of those lessons--with the contributing teacher's permission--become part of the WritingFix collection.

Below, you will find poetry lessons created over the years by teachers who were inspired by favorite song lyrics from their classroom iPods and music players.

Eighteen Original Poetry Lessons Proposed by Teachers Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts:
Lesson:
With Your Own
Two Hands

Mentor Text Song:

Ben Harper's
My Own Two Hands
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

The Cure's
10:15 on a Saturday Night
Lesson:
Serendipitous
Love Metaphors

Mentor Text Song:
Pat Benatar's
Love is a Battlefield
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Jack Johnson's
Inaudible Melodies
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Tom T. Hall's
I Love
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Dave Matthew's
Grey Street
Lesson:
Ain't That
America

Mentor Text Song:

John Mellencamp's
Pink Houses

Mentor Text Song:

The Andrews Sisters'
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

The Sound of Music's
Favorite Things

Mentor Text Song:
Neil Diamond's
Beautiful Noise
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Run DMC's
My Adidas
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Kelly Clarkson's
Addicted
Lesson:
Personal Timeline
Poetry


Mentor Text Song:

Billy Joel's
We Didn't Start the Fire

Lesson:
Tribute to an Artist
and his/her Work


Mentor Text Song:

Don McLean's
Vincent


Mentor Text Song:

Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin'
Lesson:

Mentor Text:

Switchfoot's
Gone

Mentor Text Song:

The Beatles'
Yesterday
Lesson:

Mentor Text Song:

Jim Croce's
I Gotta Name

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Classic poetry can inspire great poetry from your students! Each year in Northern Nevada, we host a variety of teacher workshops that we call "Make and Take" workshops; at each class's conclusion, all participants have created a new lesson they're willing to share with the other participants as well as share with their students. Some of our participants' lessons really shine as powerful exemplars of well-designed instruction. The very best of those lessons--with the contributing teacher's permission--become part of the WritingFix collection.

Below, you will find poetry lessons created over the years by teachers who were inspired by favorite classic poems from their classroom anthologies.

Ten Original Poetry Lessons Proposed by Teachers Using Classic Poetry as Mentor Texts:
Lesson:
Little
Toy Friends


Mentor Text:
Robert Louis Stevenson's
"The Dumb Soldier"
Lesson:
Poems
of Condition


Mentor Text:
Rudyard Kipling's
"If"
Lesson:
Nashing
the Animals


Mentor Text:
Various Poems by
Ogden Nash
Lesson:
So Much
Depends Upon...


Mentor Text:
William Carlos Williams'
"So Much Depends Upon"
Lesson:
Serendipitous
Personification


Mentor Text:
Emily Dickinson's
"The Railway Train"
Lesson:
HATE to LOVE
Sonnets


Mentor Text:
William Shakespeare's
"Shall I Compare Thee..."
Lesson:
How Do I Love
Sonnets


Mentor Text:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's
"Sonnet #43 "
Lesson:
Death
Personified


Mentor Text:
John Donne's
"Death Be Not Proud "
Lesson:
Four Ways of
Looking at ____


Mentor Text:
Wallace Stevens' "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
Lesson:
Come Hither,
Stay Away


Mentor Text:
Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love"

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