I’m taking a little break in writing to share some Buncee poetry resources for teachers and writers. More details and information about Buncee can be found at their website here. Teachers, hopefully you find something valuable in this post to use for your online teaching that’s going on right now. Authors (adult and/or students) may find a tool that’s helpful to increase your writing voice.
Buncee In My Classroom
I loved teaching with Buncee and watching the kids grow in reading, writing, and creativity. One added bonus of using Buncee in the classroom- we bonded together as a team as we used the Boards feature. Kids were teaching each other, “interacting” with other classes, and learning how to speak in front of their classmates in an encouraging environment. Their confidence grew as the year went on. Since I’ve retired, I’ve missed seeing my students and being part of their learning team.
Anyway, I’m embedding the buncees I created for lessons and also student examples (identities not given or hidden) so you can see all the different ways buncee slides can be created.
POETRY TOOLBOX – 10 slides leading readers to analyze poems with guiding questions which can be used with any poem. The questions focus on author’s worldview, craft elements, word choice and sound, structure. There is a writing prompt page as well as a couple of “bonus tips” at the end.
WHAT, NOT, HOW – 3 slides demonstrating this strategy analyzing two poems “Where I’m From” by Georgia Ella Lyon and “While You Were Chasing a Hat” by Lillian Moore (copied from a poster I had in my classroom, and the poem can also be found in her book SOMETHING NEW BEGINS)
READ POETRY AND WRITE ABOUT IT – 6 slides guiding students to read and compare two poems about the topic/theme of discrimination. The last slide is a list of sentence starters.
MY FAVORITE POEMS DIRECTIONS – 6 slides poetry project created for buncee users. After reading poems of their choice daily (student warm up for the duration of this unit), my kids chose their favorite poems to copy and collect. Near the end of the unit, this buncee provides directions, teacher models, and some of the kids buncee work so you can see how they ran with the idea. (I’m not editing their work unless it’s to hide their identities)
Poetry Books in the Classroom
I selected poetry to read out loud to them as much as time allowed during the unit. They also took turns sharing the poems they found and read out loud to the class. We laughed and cried together.
Organization Tip – It didn’t take too long to number post-its and stick them to the inside back covers, in a place that the kids didn’t need to remove them. (if they wanted to flag individual poems, they had access to other post its) I had a ton of bins to hold ~10 books and placed the bins along the shelf near the side wall/window sills. I tried to number post-its with the same color as the bin. This made life so much easier while we were free reading.
To alleviate traffic, I had a couple copies of the favorites (I learned this from reading Poetry every year) and placed them in separate bins. I directed kids to choose a couple books (one per bin per person) to be ready for silent reading time. I assigned at least two Class Librarians in each class to help count and organize the bins at the end of the period to ensure all of my ~100 books were accounted for. (Yes, I paid for the majority of them, adding a few each year. In addition, I included some district books- copies of poetry anthologies that came with our old reading series.)
I hope these resources are helpful. Please leave a comment below to let me know how you used Poetry and/or Buncee to help increase WRITING VOICE.