Jody Weissler’s approach to writing accessible poems encourages students to want to write their own poetry.
Student will recite the poems
throughout the week and take
pride in being able to read entire
Every student will experience success.
Routine that makes sense.
Students need routine. This routine teaches them how to improve their reading.
A Year of Learning!
Your Poet: Jody Weissler
Jody Weissler loves all types of poetry. But when it came to teaching poetry with his own classroom he found that some of the most recognized poetry was simply too nonsensical or even too silly to be utilized effectivley in the classroom. After writing a few poems himself and garnering the feedback of educators around the world. He decided to publish enough poems to create several years worth of curriculum for teachers.
Try a bundle of our poems and be amazed.We encourage every first through third grade teacher to experience our poems.
A Poem of the Week
A poem for each week. All year long.
Did you know?
Our poems are very popular with children, teachers, and their parents. That is why we have created enough poems to not onlyprovide poetry for the school year, but also to have extra poems for holiday breaks, spring break, and summer vacation.
Part of your daily routine
Thousand of teachers incorporate Jody Weissler’s poetry as part of their morning routine. Each poem become a Poem of the Week and the students look forward to sharing with their parents how they could read the entire poem.
Grade Level Reading Lists and more.
Most teachers purchase both of our Poem of the Week volumes in order to have a poem for every week of the
school year. These poems of the week provide valuable reading instruction both in class and at home. Here is
Historical Fiction for Grades 4-6Alvarez, JuliaBefore We Were FreeTwelve-year-old Anita must go into hiding when her family is caught plotting against the dictator of the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s.AviIron ThunderWhen Tom has to support his mother and sister during the Civil War, he works on one of the first ironclad ships, which nobody thought would even float!Blackwood, GrayThe Shakespeare StealerIn plague-ridden 1602 England, an orphan boy finds out about his parents when he goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe.Bulla, ClydeA Lion to Guard UsThree children's hair-raising adventures as they make their way to the Virginia Colony in search of their father.Choldenko, GenniferAl Capone Does My ShirtsTwelve-year-old Moose would think living on an island was fun - if it wasn't Alcatraz Island.Coerr, EleanorSadako and the Thousand Paper CranesJapanese legend says folding 1000 paper cranes can save a life, but will it save Sadako, a 12-year-old girl dying of leukemia from an atomic bomb dropped during WWII?Compestine, Ying ChangRevolution is Not a Dinner PartyDuring China's Cultural Revolution, 9-year-old Ling gets bullied because she has long hair and because her doctor father is in jail.Curtis, Christopher PaulThe Watsons Go to BirminghamNothing will ever be the same after this African American family's trip to the South.Curtis, Christopher PaulElijah of BuxtonElijah, the first free-born child in a settlement of former slaves, has to grow up fast in order to help a friend.Cushman, KarenThe Ballad of Lucy WhippleCalifornia Morning Whipple (Lucy) hates it when her mother moves the family to a rough mining town in 1849.Cushman, KarenCatherine, Called BirdyWill Catherine, in the year 1290, get out of marrying one of her awful suitors?Dalgleish, AliceThe Courage of Sarah NobleWill Sarah find the courage to stay by herself in the wilderness when her father must leave?Fleischman, PaulBull RunThe glory, the horror, the disillusionment, and the thrill of the Civil War's first battle.Fleischman, SidBy the Great Horn Spoon!In the wilds of California, Jack and Praiseworthy strike it rich - for a time.Giff, Patricia ReillyNory Ryan's SongWhen all the potatoes in Ireland rot in the ground in 1845, 12-year-old Nory must prevent her family from starving to death.Hesse, KarenStowawayNicholas stows away on Captain Cook's first voyage around the world.Hesse, KarenOut of the DustFor 14-year-old Billie Jo, 1934 is a year of too much dust and too little rain.Holm, JenniferPenny from HeavenIn the summer of 1953, two questions haunt Penny: will the two sides of her family EVER learn to get along, and will the Dodgers EVER win the World Series?Kadohata, CynthiaWeedflowerDuring WWII, Japanese-American Sumiko and her family are sent to a relocation camp in Poston, Arizona.LaFaye, A.WorthWhen Nathaniel's dad brings home an orphan boy named John Worth to help out on their Nebraska farm in the 1800s, Nathaniel is horribly jealous - and John isn't too happy, either.Lee, MillyLandedIn the early 1900s, Sun journeys from China to join his father in America, but first he must prove he is his father's son.Miller, Sarah ElizabethMiss Spitfire: Reaching Helen KellerAnnie Sullivan's own hard childhood prepared her well for teaching the kicking, screaming bundle of energy that was the young Helen Keller.Mochizuki, KenBaseball Saved UsPlaying baseball helps a Japanese-American boy endure both an internment camp during WWII and bullying and teasing after the war is over.O'Dell, ScottSing Down the Moon1864 starts out well but then becomes a year of tragedy and change for young Bright Morning and her Navajo tribe.Osborne, Mary PopeAdaline Falling StarAdaline's father, Kit Carson, sends her to St. Louis after her mother dies but the cruelty of her relatives forces her to flee.Park, Linda SueA Single ShardIn 12th-century Korea, a homeless orphan usually has no future - but young Tree-Ear dreams of becoming a master potter.Park, Linda SueWhen My Name Was KeokoWhen Japan occupies Korea during WWII, 10-year-old Sun-hee and her brother are forced to adopt Japanese names and suffer many harsh changes to their lives.Paterson, KatherineLyddieLyddie works long, exhausting hours as a factory girl to pay off her family's debts.Paulsen, GaryThe Legend of Bass ReevesBorn a slave, Bass grows up to be the most successful federal marshal in the West.Peck, RichardFair WeatherIn 1893, the Beckett siblings take a life-changing trip to the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago.Rinaldi, AnnThe Redheaded PrincessKing Henry VIII executed her mother for treason, so how could nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth ever hope to grow up to be queen of England?Ryan, Pam MunozEsperanza RisingEsperanza and her mother face many difficulties when they are forced to flee their comfortable rancho in Mexico and become farm laborers in California.Schlitz, Laura AmyGood Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval VillageLife is difficult in 1255 England for villeins, varlets, half-wits and snigglers.Stolz, JoelleShadows of GhadamesIn Libya in the 1800s, girls and women are not allowed to go outside or learn to read - but when a stranger appears one day, 11-year-old Malika's life changes forever.Taylor, Mildred D.The LandThe son of a white landowner and an African-Indian slave makes a successful life for himself despite cruelty and injustice in this prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.Uchida, YoshikoThe BraceletNot only are seven-year-old Emi and her Japanese-American family sent away from their homes to an internment camp in 1942, but Emi also loses the bracelet her best friend gave her.Uchida, YoshikoJourney to TopazAfter Pearl Harbor is attacked, Yuki and her family are among the many Japanese-Americans forced out of their homes and into a camp in the Utah desert.Wells, RosemaryMary on Horseback: 3 Mountain StoriesIn the 1920s, Mary Breckinridge rides horseback to bring medical care to the sick people of the Appalachian Mountains.Wood, Frances M.Daughter of MadrugadaCesa's life is changed forever when gold is discovered and Americans invade her family's California rancho in the late 1840s.Woods, BrendaThe Red Rose BoxAfter a hurricane kills Leah and Ruth's parents in 1954, the sisters move to Los Angeles to start a new life with their aunt and uncle.Yep, LaurenceDragonwingsIn the early 1900s, a Chinese boy in San Francisco helps his father realize a dream.Yep, LaurenceWhen the Circus Came to TownIn a tiny Montana town in the early 20th century, a Chinese cook helps 10-year-old Ursula overcome her shame of her smallpox-scarred face.