Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vocabulary Poems

April is poetry month. This month I will be crafting and sharing original poems. Often, these poems will be messy and early drafts. Many of us are sharing our poems on twitter using the hashtag, #digipoetry. We hope you join us!

Before spring break, we finished The Crossover as our read aloud. First of all, I love, love, love this book. The students did too! Back to school, we are analyzing some of the poems in the book. The vocabulary, or definition, poems were some of our favorites! We now use the word pulchritudinous as part of our daily vocabulary. We reread those poems as a reader and figured out the parts. Today we will finish writing our own poems. Here is my first attempt at a vocabulary poem...


a person who lives inside their head,
someone who thinks
before speaking;

a person who
gains energy from

As in: After a long day at
school, the introvert
needs time alone in her room
to quiet her mind.

As in: I am loud and talkative,
so I was surprised to
discover that I am truly an

As in: Josh never shared
his feelings and
struggles about
JB and Miss Sweet Tea
because he is an

Written by Michelle Haseltine
Inspired by Kwame Alexander’s book The Crossover


  1. This is SO, SO, SO AWESOME! I just started The Crossover today to go with our family and home unit. The kids are really excited about what they've heard so far. I will definitely use this afterward! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. BTW, how did you pick the vocab words you will be putting into poems?

  2. Because of some things you've told us Michelle, I am just starting to read aloud The Crossover. This poem is awesome, & the project with your students sounds great, too.

  3. This is great, Michelle!

    Have you ever seen Salinger’s book, Well Defined: Vocabulary in Rhyme? I think it's right up your alley!

  4. Holly's post sent me to yours. Love how our community does that. And I am so doing this poem with my kids. I can't believe I never thought of it before. Crossover has so much to inspire writing. So, are you really an introvert. So am I, but I just didn't see it in you.


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