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. This Shel Silverstein Poetry Study (plus FREE printables and Poetry Analysis Pack) can help you bring his poetry to life for you kids.
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 toward 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.
FREE Shel Silverstein Printables:
The Shel Silverstein website has a ton of free downloads and printables on the 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 very own illustrations to the poems. They can even create their very own ending to the poems!
FREE Resources and Tips to Help You Teach Poetry
- Is Poetry in Your Homeschool Necessary?
- How to Teach Poetry in Your Homeschool
- Poetry Terminology Fact Cards & Cheat Sheets
- Poetry Worksheets and Printables
- Poetry Terminology Copywork Notebook
- Poetry Unit Study: Helen Beatrix Potter
- Poetry Unit Study: Emily Dickinson
- Poetry Unit Study: Alfred Lloyd Tennyson
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
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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