You will love writing ekphrastic poems with your students! Read on my blog about our experience with ekphrastic poetry (including the mini-lesson I created) by clicking here.
- Ekphrastic poems observe and describe a student's favorite artwork... or really any artwork they feel inspired to write about.
- This sheet explains the basics of how to write these poems with the funny name. (Btw, "ekphrasis" is from the Greek and means "to describe" in detail a work of art!)
- This sheet contains four bulleted tips for writing an ekphrastic poem, plus two mentor texts.
- One mentor text is actually a paragraph that illustrates the concept of kinetic language as a bonus for your more advanced students, and the other mentor is a short ekphrastic poem I wrote to describe a Frida Kahlo self-portrait.
You'll want to keep this handout near so you can treat your students often to a fun session of ekphrastic poetry! It also makes a great addition to your writer's workshop project list!
One more tip: Have your students search for quality images on Google Arts and Culture to safeguard against random internet art searches!