Poetry can be the vehicle used to teach all kinds of things, but when I'm writing, I especially enjoy the challenge of creating poems that are embedded with a targeted phonics skill.
Valentine's Day provided just the right inspiration to to create a poem embedded with words from the -ine word family...I was able to get in 13! How's that for some seriously targeted phonics in context!
Although I’m just a country swine
and you’re a porcupine,
I know our hearts could intertwine
just like a jungle vine.
I’ve pined away for hours
Oh Madeline, divine--
I wonder if you’ll dine with me
tonight at half-past nine?
I may decline to hug you
with quills upon your spine,
but still I’d be your valentine--
I hope you will be mine.
-Lorrie L. Birchall
Enjoy this freebie poem, "I Pine for Madeline" targeting the ine word family:
It also includes a cloze activity page to build comprehension strategies.
Happy Valentine's Day!
"I Pine for Madeline" copyright 2016 by Lorrie L. Birchall.