Poetry Rules

I am so excited that my book Poetry Rules is finally completed and ready to share with everyone. This book took over a year to write and illustrate, and I love the finished product. Showing this book to a group of students in the classroom setting was what I had in mind while writing this book.  Kids being able to relate to the poems was super important to me. As with all my teaching books, one of my top priorities is to incorporate some learning inside. The book begins with the start of the school year and moves to the fall, winter, and spring. Enjoy this book every season of the year.


Poetry Rules


  • Free Verse
  • Narrative
  • Lyrical
  • Concrete
  • Rhyming

Kids can identify various figurative language styles when reading Poetry Rules. This book makes a great read-aloud, mentor text, or can be read a few poems each day.

Here is a video to take a closer look inside the book, showing how each poem style varies slightly.

I tried to envision how I would use this book when I was in the classroom. The kids loved when we had a weekly poem, even in the upper elementary grades. It would be easy to make a copy of the poems that follow the school year and provide every student with a copy. The lesson could go something like this:

  • Day 1- Read the poem to a classroom and discuss the main idea.
  • Day 2 – Point out challenging vocabulary words, use those words in a sentence, and challenge your students to write something using that word.
  • Day 3 – Dig deeper into the poem. Make predictions and infer within the text. Show students how to find the answers to using the words in the text.
  • Day 4 – Highlight figurative language styles. One or more of the following have been added to every poem, similes, metaphors, idioms, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
  • Day 5- Challenge students to write their own poem using the same style. Provide the kids with a topic and see what amazing things they can come up with!

Reading this book in the classroom is not its only purpose, and it can be enjoyed as a bedtime story or read anywhere by someone who loves poetry.

If you have any questions feel free to reply to this post. You can also find me on TeachersPayTeachers.com at Marcy’s Mayhem.