I thought I would share with you my poetry center. This month during our Writer's Workshop time we are learning about how to write poetry. I know that a lot of teachers teach poetry during the Spring so I figured this would be a great time to share how I am using poetry in my centers. I have made copies of several of Shel Silversteins poems for the students. When I bought a few of Shel Silverstein's books they came with a CD narrorated by Shel. I put the CD and a hard copy of the poem out for the students to follow along with. I also provided each student with their own copy to add to their poetry journal. After the students listen to the poem three times and follow along, I have them color the picture and then write their own poem using this poem as a mentors text. The students love this center and I love seeing them excited about poetry.