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We love reading and studying poetry in our homeschool. We enjoy picking a poet and reading many different poems from that particular poet. This is fun to see the different styles of writing that different poems have. It’s also a neat way to see if you can pick out who wrote a certain poem by the style and way it is written.
Shel Silverstein is one of the first poets I read when I was in elementary school. I remember reading poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and crying over The Giving Tree. Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago on September 25, 1930. He was a cartoonist, and a composer before he was a poet. He started drawing at the age of 12. He studied music and composed some famous songs. If you are a Johnny Cash fan, you may be familiar with the song A Boy Name Sue! He also wrote One’s on the Way for Loretta Lynn. He illustrated all of his poetry books with his fun and interesting cartoons.
See every book that was ever written by Shel Silverstein as well as some cute videos for each book HERE.
Shel Silverstein Printable Unit Study from Common Lit – This unit study has 10 different assignments that will have your students analyzing six Shel Silverstein poems that share a common theme. They will then write a literary analysis essay that uses evidence from multiple poems to answer the question: According to Shel Silverstein, how should we live our lives? This is geared towards 6th graders.
FREE Poetry Analysis Pack to use with ANY poem! This instant download will accompany any poem and allow your children a fun way to analyse it.
Shel Silverstein Building Bridges Unit from Tonya Gent TPT Store
The Giving Tree Lesson Plans, Notebook Prompts, Vocabulary Worksheets and more from Book Pagez
The World of Shel Silverstein – a Guide for Teachers from Teacher Vision
The Giving Tree Unit Study from Homeschool Share
The Giving Tree Story Worksheet from Education.com
The Giving Tree Lesson Plan: Identifying Story Elements from Education.com
Determining the Theme of a Poem using Hug O War by Shel Silverstein from Education.com
The Shel Silverstein Website has a ton of free downloads and printables on their Learning Resources page. There are free lesson kits to download for different poems and stories, there are poetry month event kits with graphic organizers, crafts, printable activities, poetry workshop kits and much more. There are also two different drawing booklets that you can print out for your kids to add their veryown illustrations to the poems, they can even create their very own ending to the poems!
These books are perfect to have laying around for fun poetry reading time and to add to your homeschool library:
A Light in the Attic Special Edition with 12 Extra PoemsThe Giving TreeWhere the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and DrawingsFalling UpEvery Thing On ItRunny Babbit: A Billy SookA Giraffe and a HalfThe Missing Piece Meets the Big OThe Missing PieceRunny Babbit Returns: Another Billy SookShel Silverstein’s 8 Book Set: Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Lafcadio, The Missing Piece, the Giving Tree, Runny Rabbit, A Giraffe and a Half