Thank you so very much for the positive feedback. I can't tell you how much it means to me! It makes me feel so happy to hear that you're getting some use out of these lesson ideas and teaching strategies. =)
As for line breaks. . .
You could type up a few shorter poems and print them out for kids to cut up and paste back together, using their own line breaks. Have them explain why they grouped certain words together, or why they left certain words on a line by themselves.
I found a copy of, "Scholastic Guides: How To Write Poetry" by Paul Janeczko. There's a suggestion in here that is quite similar. Take a poem and type it up in paragraph form. Have students work to figure out where the poet might have put in line breaks and then compare their versions to the original.
I also think it's important for you to draft some of your own poems in front of them. Allow them to peek into your thinking process as you make decisions about which words go where on the page. Make revisions as you go, and think them through as well. Then, give students lots of opportunities to write!!
Best of luck! Let me know how it goes!
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