|APocketful of Poems
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Clarion Books, 2001
Explain to young readers the traditional structure of Haiku (5-7-5 syllables). In fact, you may want to read author’s note on the last page to the students as a jumping off point.
|Knowledge||1.||Describe the narrator of Pocketful of Poems.|
|2.||Describe the setting, too.|
|Comprehend||1.||What are some of the things that Tiana notices?|
|2.||Retell, in your own words, the scene from your favorite poem.|
|Application||1.||Write another haiku poem that could appear on the same page as your favorite.|
|2.||What did you learn about writing haiku in that process? Is it as easy as it appears? Are you surprised?|
All the poems are written through Tiana’s eyes. How would the book be different if told by the objects themselves?
|2.||Find the verbs in each haiku and list them.|
|Synthesize||1.||Make a list of words you would write poems about in your own Pocketful of Poems collection.|
|2.||Pretend you have to write four haiku about the room you are sitting in right now. What would you pick? Why?|
|Evaluate||1.||Which poem is your favorite? Why? Is it haiku or free verse?|
Evaluate the illustrations. Which one is your favorite? Why?