GONE FISHING in the Classroom Two Ways - March Theme by Tamera Will Wissinger

GONE FISHING is a father and son fishing adventure and sibling rivalry story told through a series of poems, and includes a section that describes the different poetic forms used in the story. To address both the story elements and the poetry elements of the book, I’m pleased to offer educators two options for using GONE FISHING in the classroom, one focused on reading, and the other focused on writing.

The first option is a Teacher's Guide developed by Rachele Alpine, National Board Certified English Teacher and author of Canary. This is a reading guide and includes discussion questions that focus on the story elements in GONE FISHING. It covers all components of CCSS ELA-Literacy Reading: Literature for grades 3, 4, and 5.

The second option is a Mentor Text Lesson Plan developed by teacher and poet, Marcie Flinchum Atkins. The lesson plan focuses on writing and revising several different poetry forms such as those found in GONE FISHING and includes CCSS ELA-Literacy elements of Writing, Reading: Literature, and Language for grades 3, 4, and 5.

Click on the GONE FISHING cover to link to the Guide and Lesson Plan.

National Poetry Month kicks off this week, and on Wednesday morning I’m visiting the 6th grade classes at a nearby school where we’ll be writing, revising, and reading poetry together using many of the elements from Marcie’s GONE FISHING Mentor Text Lesson Plan.

If you choose to use GONE FISHING in your classroom, I hope these resources will be helpful to you and your students.

Happy reading and writing!


  1. This sounds wonderful, Tamera! I can't wait to share it at school!

  2. Thanks, Annie! Hope you have fun reading and writing poetry with your students.


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