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In this lesson planteacher Glori Chaika describes an activity in which students invented their own poetry form at the end of the year, and then had to describe how to write poems in their form to their classmates. Other Activities While form is important when writing poetry, there is much more to it.
Poetry offers the opportunity to explore an idea and emotion, to describe a special place or object that we take for granted, and create an image that others will be able experience. For this reason, I think it helps to incorporate some instructional strategies that will help students develop these skills.
Sparking Imagination It may help get those creative juices flowing by doing some activities such as the ones suggested by teacher Faith Vicinanza.
One of the activities involves students imagining that they are something else such as "a drop of rain, the color blue, a school bus, or a stalk of wheat. Vicinanza has some other great ideas in Calling on the Muse: Exercises to Unlock the Poet Within. Artwork and Visualization Another good way to begin warming up to writing poetry is to ask students to close their eyes and go through a guided visualization.
Instruct the students to think of a place. Is it indoors or outdoors? What do you see and hear? What colors and sounds? What are they doing? How do they feel?
How do you feel? When the students open their eyes they can draw the picture they formed in their head and then explain it to a partner. In this exercise, students begin to practice focusing on the process of visualization, and formulate the vocabulary they will need to add description and emotion to their poetry.
Box Toss A quick warm-up for students before writing is the box toss.
Make a little box and write words on all the outside surfaces of the box. You could also put post-it notes words on the sides in order to re-use the box.
Students sit in a circle and take turns tossing the box or passing it around. The teacher gives the students a task using the word that is visible when the box is caught. For example, the teacher might tell the student to list three adjectives describing their word, and if another person gets the same word, they will have to think of three new adjectives.
Or the teacher might ask them to think of two words that rhyme with the box, or to say the first thing they think of when they see that word. It is really an activity to get students thinking creatively and quickly about words, and to emphasize that writing poetry is about expression not being perfect.
Boring poem I like to use this technique to model how to revise a poem to make it more specific and interesting. The beauty of poetry is finding just the right words and putting them together to create a picture or emotion.
I put the following poem on the board. It was a nice day. I ask the students if they like my poem. Some are too polite to say, "No. They think of things like "opened my eyes," "gorgeous" or "thrilled.
I have the students compare the two poems and then discuss why the second poem is more interesting. We practice with more vocabulary words and put them on a continuum of general to more specific. Good — happy — ecstatic Using the Thesaurus This is an excellent time to introduce the Thesaurus and how to use it.
I taught my students how to use the Thesaurus with some music activities. I played a variety of music selections with my students and asked them to write all the vocabulary words that came to mind as they listened.
One piece was sad and slow, one was cheerful, and one was a loud hard rock number. After the students had finished listening, I had them work in small groups to share their words and discuss any new vocabulary.
As a class we discussed how each word may have a slightly different meaning such as the difference between "sad," "mournful," and "despondent. I then reinforced the importance of knowing the meaning of the words because the Thesaurus may list words that have different meanings from each other.
For example, the word "connected" might have words listed that could have different meanings such as "linked" or "related. Using Songs and Music Discussing songs and song-writing can complement a poetry lesson nicely, and may be of particular interest to students who enjoying listening to music and thinking about lyrics.
Here are some ideas of how to use songs and music in your poetry instruction.Doing activities with your children allows you to promote their reading and writing skills while having fun at the same time. These activities for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers includes what you need and what to do for each one.
I have been on hiatus from doing out-of-state teacher trainings recently for two reasons: 1) I'm writng a book on teaching writing, and 2) I'm preparing to retire from the classroom at . One of the best tips on writing poems is not to get caught up in style. Allow your sentiments to make it from your mind to the paper.
Only then should you consider form and style. Do you know how much you mean to me? As you grow into what you will be. You came from within, from just beneath my heart. It's there you'll always be, though your own life will now start. Online interactive learning and reading activities for interactive whiteboards, computer labs, and students PreK–8.
Creative kids who don't want to be restricted by writing rules and regulations can celebrate free verse poetry. You don't need to rhyme or follow a meter, but you do want to create an emotional poem that captures the spirit of your subject.