Dyslexia Help: Writing Including Poetry, Short Stories, and Journaling (Cook, T., 2020)

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Does your child have problems getting the words out and onto the page? Do want to find out why “poetry is a stepping stone for other forms of writing”?

Poetry is a stepping stone…I use poetry and pictures usually of nature to help my students with dyslexia. Poetry speaks to both sides of the brain like music in the fact that it includes language/rhythm (yes…rhyme too); mainly, It’s like music- it has language and rhythm which is healing. Likewise, poetry has rhyme, meter which has a pattern just as in music. The main thing for dyslexia is that poetry being a stepping stone for other forms of writing such as short stories and journaling; mostly; it includes list-form thinking, creativity, and text simplification (depending on the complexity, of course). Also, through writing poetry, it rewires the brain and connects us to our subconscious! Speaking of the subconscious, poetry is a great outlet for the emotional and mental bodies which can be intense sometimes for the dyslexic brain. Read more here.

Note: high-quality writing depends on good transcription skills (see HERE), working memory (HERE), and executive function—all of which can be difficult for children with dyslexia and result in poor spelling (HERE) and low overall writing quality (HERE) (see HERE).

How does poetry help along with with productivity?
  • creativity and imagery
  • expressive and receptive language
  • confidence and completion
  • vocabulary and grammar
  • emotional intelligence
  • ARAS connects us to our consciousness
  • speech and handwriting
  • phonological and phonemic awareness
  • visual-spacial skills and list-form thinking
  • social-emotional skills
  • creative writing and figurative language
  • simplicity of content & text simplification
  • visual-graphic design opportunities

Poetry in Book Making: https://simplebooklet.com; https://www.blurb.com

Poetry Formatting and Images: https://www.canva.com/; https://wordpress.com

Scope & Sequence– early on discuss the importance of descriptive writing and figurative language for all writing not just poetry!

Figurative Language StudyDifferentAlikeDifferent 
Simile/MetaphorUses like or as
Compare two thingsDoes not use like or as
Idiom/Hyperbole The meaning is different from the meaning in the wordsExpressions with exaggeration The meaning beyond belief 
Alliteration/OnomatopoeiaUsing the same beginning sound- she sells, sea, shellsRepetition of words and/or soundsUsing Sound words- tick-tock, tick-tock, Bow wow, bow wow
Personification/OxymoronUses words that give non-human things/ human characteristics Words that create imagesUses words that go against itself (sarcastic)
Alliteration/AssonanceUsing the same beginning sound- she sells, sea, shellsRepetition of wordsUses the same vowel sounds- Feet, reap, neat, steep

Scope & Sequence

Advanced Creative Writing:

1a) Figurative Language-
Free Verse
Descriptive Language-
five senses imagery 

Allusion Symbolism
1b) Theme along
with tone and mood:
Irony, Satirical,
Religious, Death,
Nature, etc.1c)
and others poetry)
2 lines and
Random list

Name Poem (Inspiration)
Couplet (Theme)
Visual Poem (DL)
List Poem (Alliteration)
Acrostic Poem (Assonance) 

3 Lines

Terect (Onomatopoeia)
4 Lines

Quatrain (Symbol/Personification)
Epigram (Oxymoron)

5 Lines

ABC Poem (Theme)
Cinquain Poem (DL) Lanturn (Theme)
Text Poem (FL a-j) 
Versed Poetry- set pattern, meter and rhyme
aa, aba, aaba, aabaa,
aabbaa, aabbcc, etc.
2a) Grammar- 
Parts of speech-
noun, verb, adjective, adverb

3 types of sentences
3 Verbs (action, linking, helping)
3 Nouns (proper, possessive, pronoun)

Parts of speech-
article, conjunction

Intro. clause versus phrase

Parts of speech-

(review) clause versus phrase

Subject-Verb Agreement

Nouns (Review)

Verb (Review)
-Action verbs 
-Linking verbs 
-Helping verbs 
-Verb phrases

Parts of Speech Interjections

Adjective (Review)
-Articles as adjectives
-Nouns as adjectives
-Proper adjectives
-Predicate adjectives


Verbals: Participles, gerunds, and infinitive

Adverbs (Review) 
-Modifying adverbs
-Adverbs with adjectives
-Adverbs with adverbs
-Adverbal Phrases

2b) Vocabulary: Syllables Usage/
Best Word Synonym/

2c) Poetry Terms-verse, meter, rhyme, tone, rhythm, beat, set pattern, etc..
*Also you can choose
any type of figurative
language from above
along with including

3 Lines

HAIKU (5-7-5
Katauta (5-7-7)

4 Lines

Memoriam Stanza-(abba)

5 Lines

TANKA (5-7-5-7-7
Naani (5-5-5-5-5)
Limerick (7-7-5-5-7,
TETRACTYS (varied)

6 Lines

Tyburn (4-4-4-4-9-9)

7 Lines

Diamante Rondelet

8 Lines

Pantoum (abab bcb)
Tongue Twister
(review alliteration)
RISPETTO (abab ccdd)
Triolet (varied)
OTTAVA RIMA (varied)

9 Lines

Nonet (large
amount of

10-12 Lines

Terza Rima (10-11
Etheree (varied)
Minute Poetry (60

15 Lines

(aabba aabR aabba)

16 Lines

Quatern (8 syllables
per line)

19 Lines

3) Sentence Poetry Writing
3a) Diagram- 
Compound Complex
Themes- Thematic Monologue, Epic, Idyll, Romanticism   (your and others poems)Analyzing Skills (analysis of yours and others poems)Read-aloud and discussion: 3 vocabulary words, 3 phonetic, 3 nonsense, 3 sight words

Narrative Poem
Pastoral Synryu
Sound Didatic
Fable Monody
Sonnets (Italian,

Other Resources: Resources: https://wordpress.com/page/lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/35


My Own Poetry:

Short Stories

Free Book Making on https://app.writereader.com/library/book/8b599265-2e1f-4e42-9c88-b4e1a7a22453 (when complete save to YouTube)!!

Encourage Journaling Daily: Can use journal prompts or Free Write. I can order you this journal with FREE Dyslexia Help Journal Prompts with their name inscribed on the top!!!

To Learn More Go To: www.myelbert.com

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Published by Tricia Cook, MEd., Online Dyslexia and Behavioral Interventionist, RSP, AA O-G Tutor & Montessorian

My interest is in helping parents and teachers to understand learning and behavioral challenges and to love learning again. I graduated from Auburn in ECE in 1998. I have been a Montessori teacher here in Birmingham for almost 12 years and have lived in Birmingham for the past 19 years. As an early childhood teacher, I want continue to grow and develop as a constant learner. In 2012, I graduated from Secondary Education with a P-12 Reading Specialist certification the University of Alabama. As a Reading Specialist, I train on diversity and literacy development; I have a specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating your literacy and neurodiversity behavioral, character development programing. Also, I have varying experiences designing instruction and environments for Montessori and Non-Montessori (OSR-Pre-K) environments. Therefore, I can consult for any environment or setting! In 2013, I attained my highly qualified status in ECE and Reading. In 2013, I also got my Orton-Gillingham AA tutor certification. I currently tutor full-time along with consulting. I have actually been tutoring since 2003. Along with other independent tutoring/interventionist experiences, I have brought dozens of students from an emergent to an advanced reading level! In addition to tutoring, I have provided the reading strengths and needs of my students and share that information to classroom teachers, parents, specialized teachers, and other stakeholders.  Lastly, I have also been a trainer/presenter, since 2008 and really enjoy this aspect of my career. As an experienced trainer, I have trained on many topics including: literacy (the five components), classroom management, positive discipline, diversity character development, Montessori Philosophy, policies and procedures, child development, and Alabama's Pre-k. Take note: Schools and families are desperately looking for an alternative type of affordable multi-sensory, hands-on, and interesting instruction. Currently, I am training and interested in writing on the following topics: A Comparison of Pre-K to Kindergarten; Adolescent Literacy (7th+); Assessment; Developing Readers; Children’s Literature; Classroom Management Techniques; Comprehension; Montessori Philosophy; Environmental Print & Early Writing; Family Attachment; Language and Literacy; Outdoor Classroom; Poetry Writing (7th+); Positive Guidance; Fine-motor Development; Cursive Writing; Creative Writing; Comprehension: Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies; Morphology; Phonics Instruction; Diversity Education; Neurodiversity Education; HandWriting; Reading Strategies; Best Practices P-12. Thank you, Tricia Cook, MEd., RSP, AOG; https://linktr.ee/tcooktutor

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