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Do your students get a look of trepidation when you announce they’ll be studying poetry? Worse yet, do they groan and sigh? Students sometimes react this way because they have learned that the reading and writing of poetry is difficult and frustrating. But the study of poetry doesn’t have to be this way. I like to ease my students into the reading and writing of poetry by having them first play with words.
This is a fun, engaging activity which results in surprisingly effective writing. Students will collaborate with peers to write a . Once students start reading the words on the list, you’ll soon start hearing giggling as they explore possible content for their poem. You’ll also hear students learning new words, and you’ll see them discovering that poetry is a condensed language, and therefore you often don’t need to include inconsequential words like “the,” “it,” “and.” Students will start to discuss the best placement of words in order to achieve their purpose. They’ll be naturally learning about tone, imagery, and detail as they play with the language. The resulting group poem makes a colorful display.
By the way, you will notice "s" in a few spots of the word bank. These are not typos. I've provided those so students could form plurals if needed.
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