Second grade students are independently and partner reading an array of poetry in class during writing workshop to help them get familiar with the many, different ways poetry can look and sound. Poetry center-based, exploratory reading time produces opportunities for students to partner read poems together. Partner reading poems helps to boost students confidence as poetry readers and supports them in fluently reading challenging vocabulary and rhyme schemes often present in poetry. Taking time to read an array of poems about different feelings, people, places and things early in our Poetry unit also supports our writers in zeroing in on craft techniques that poets use to help relay the messages of their poems. Students are also learning that poems do not have to rhyme and very often, poets use one, two or even three of their five senses to help them add details to their poems. 2nd grade students have already started generating poems as a class and are eager to write list poems independently to try their hand applying craft techniques introduced during writing workshop mini-lessons.