Poem of the Week - Book Review September 23 2009

poem-of-the-weekA Teaching Resource Center original product, the Poem of the Week (Book I) is the first of four Poem of the Week books by Betsy Franco.

The Poem of the Week is easy to use and well-organized. There's not just one, but two Tables of Contents. The included poems are organized first by season beginning with Fall, along with a set of poems that can be used at any time during the year. They can, however, be used in any order. The second Table of Contents that arranges the poems by skill; these include consonants, short vowels, long vowels, vowel patterns, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, suffixes, contractions, and numbers as words.

After the Table of Contents pages, there are a few helpful pages to get you started. These include a brief overview, a list of useful accessories, and an explanation of how the book is organized. In addition, on a two-page spread there are examples of the different elements of the lessons and notes about how to use them.

After these instructional pages, the Poem of the Week is divided into two halves. The first section contains the poems to be photocopied for student use. These fit onto one half of a standard 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Included with each poem are “Suggestions for Going Further” with different ideas to extend each lesson. The second half of the book contains the poems on sentence strips – photocopy, laminate and cut for use with a small group! The strips are also numbered for easy organization, and the author provides suggestions about various ways to use the Desktop Pocket Chart recommended for this program.

Aside from lesson suggestions and extensions, the author provides several suggestions for use of these poems in your classroom. One neat suggestion by the author is to have students collect these poems by pasting them into their own poetry anthology to take home at the end of the year. In addition, there is a supplement to the Poem of the Week, called Mini-Books for Poem of the Week 1: 20 Easy-To-Make Reproducible Mini-Books. These poems offer a wide variety of ways to have fun reinforcing basic reading skills in your classroom!