Below are some samplings of the different kinds of poetry we have written this year. Explanations and activity sheets to help you try this in your classroom or with your kids will be posted intermittently.
SPORTS POETRYTEACHER'S NOTE: Drew wrote this poem with inspiration from another poem that appears in Linda Reif'sScholastic Professional Book 100 Quickwrites. I borrowed this book from Cheryll Black (she's the IST teacher at Newtown Elementary!). The poem appears below in a link entitled "INSANITY". The idea is to not really mention the sport or activity in the text of the poem, but give enough build up that the reader gets it by the last line. This is a great activity to get kids word watching, word discovering, and experimenting with verbs. I had kids pick a sport or activity they like or love. Then they had to write in their notebooks as many verbs associated with this sport/activity as they could think of - about 10 - 20! (Verbs: jump, kick, tumble, flying, clap, stretch, have attitude, cheer) Then they had to list places the sport or acitivity could be played. (Places: buildings, arenas, schools, football games, gym) Then they had to list body parts that one uses with the sport or activity. (Body parts: arms, legs, stomach muscles, hands, eyes, ears, feet)The lists in (parenthesis) are from Sami's prewriting. Can you guess what she wrote about? Read her poem in the link belowcalled "Sami's Sports Poem".
Hit a homerun.
In a stadium.
All to hit a homerun.
By Drew Taub
I wrote this because I like baseball
a lot I think you should make
a poem if you really like baseball.
I think everyone should play baseball.Below is a link to the template we used in class to help construct our poems.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________MORE POETRYThe piece below is written by Sami. It is a poem that has some pretty cool craft!
_______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ Below is Jason Millstein's Tasmanian Devil poem! Read it! It is awesomely awesome! _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ : An Acrostic Poem by the Reading
Great Chris Zoubroulis
R eflecting on your life
E rupting your head with knowledge
A mazing, funny, sublime books
D rifting books that you can’t stop reading
I slands, states, and continents are in books
N ever turn back
G reat for your mindAnother Acrostic poem by Rashed!(12-06-05)R eally funE ducational for you.A great thing to do.D ashing through learning.I ntelligence from booksN othing like a good bookG reat adventures that you find in a book.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Helpful Amazing Sublime Friends
Buddy Partner Companion Friends
Complete Stranger Friends
Help, Help, Helping Friends
Confidant Close Constant Friends
Boy Friends Too!
Don’t Forget School-mate Friends
Last of All, Best of All,
I Like Soul-mate Friends
Sami Procz 11/7/05_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________