Best poems to teach with in fifth grade?
Love That Dog
And hate that cat!
Inside out and back again, out of the dust- both historical novels written in prose. Follow follow is a picture book of poems that tell a different story when read backwards.
Home of the brave by Katherine Apple gate.
Jabberwocky is always good for context clues.
Try the Christopher Myers interpretation. It’s on a basketball court in a city.
Suzanne love that!
LOVE Out of the Dust!!
Crossover and Booked
Definitely The Crossover and Booked. All The Broken Pieces, Garvey’s Choice.
We used Coldplay’s song Paradise as a poem, but didn’t tell them they were song lyrics until after we had analyzed and interpreted the symbolism. Afterwards we played the song and video and the kids loved it!
Brown Girl Dreaming
If you can find the anthology “Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and other Modern Verse,” there are so many great poems in it. I had a class set when I was teaching.
Look at Sara Holbrook’s website. She has tons of poetry books that fit perfectly with the age. They have a great variety of subjects – friendships, not fitting in, family, not being heard, etc.
A couple of good sites: https://www.poemhunter.com/ and https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/browse#page=1&sort_by=recently_added&filter_poetry_children=1
We do a close read and analyze The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
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