Poetry is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem. Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry becomes an important and enriching part of the school day.
GREAT AMERICAN POETS
Analysis of how the poet's use of images and poetic techniques reveals and develops the theme of the poem
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Oral / Visual / Multimedia Requirements:
Reading (or even performance) of the poem
Visual representation for teaching (overhead transparencies, web page, PowerPoint show, posters, etc.
Handout with poetic elements identified and analyzed
Bibliography with three text references and three websites
Write a description of something that interests you, something you know very well — your cat, dog, or bird. If you don't have a pet, how about a stuffed animal? Or your running shoes, or the picture in your room that has been there so long you don't look at it anymore.
Now take a long look at the subject you have chosen. Think about it.
Now, you have written a description of something you know well. Try describing something new to you. Take a walk outside and find something you have never looked at closely ? the street light, the sky at 4:30 in the afternoon. As you write this description, listen carefully to the sounds of the words you use, and to their rhymes — but try not to rhyme. Just concentrate on making a picture of what you see.
"There is no Nose" from To Ride a Butterfly, © 1991.
When you've finished your description, put your work down for a little while. Walk the dog or make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now go back and read your words again. Do you still like them? Is there something you think could be better? Try changing it. Here are a few things to look for:
One way to see how your words sound is to read them aloud to yourself or someone else. Do they make you see the light fading in the sky? How do you like the way your words sound together?
Do the words you have written express a feeling? If a friend reads your words, will he or she feel what you have felt?
Don't be afraid to change your words. Reread what you've written several times. The better you know it, the better you will know if it needs to be changed, or if it says what you want to say as it is.
If you like to draw, try illustrating one of the descriptions you have written. Writing and drawing make a good combination, and each one helps you to see things more sharply.
When your poem is complete publish it online to share with other kids
Step 4: Publishing Online