After talking about what does poetry mean to the kiddos, we read poems from children authors Shel Silverstein and Jack Pretlusky, along with collections that we pulled from the library. The students listened to some of my favorite poems and we discussed how each was different from the next. Then they split up with a partner and read from a few more books themselves. Finally, they set off to write their own poetry. In today’s lesson it was all about free form poetry and getting his/her ideas out on paper. When they finished the poems, they had to illustrate it in someway, using any medium of art we had.
The final products were very creative and genuine. Then we asked who would like to share with the group. Surprisingly we had a few students share! One of our students told the class at the end of a poetry read that we are suppose to snap our fingers not clap for the poem… Can you guess which one of your kiddos said that! LOL
It was a great day of poetry:)