Six-Room Poem

May 16, 2012 by

I recently shared a “a fishing expedition for poetry”–a technique to help writers generate ideas for possible poems.  Here is another idea that I first learned about from Georgia Heard in her book Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School.  It is a graphic organizer that helps writers brainstorm ideas, words, phrases, images that could be part of a future poem. Here is how it works: Have students draw six boxes on a piece of blank paper and label each box or download a copy of my template below. Download Six-Room Poem Planning Template Ask students to “enter” each room, one at a time.  As they linger in each room, ask some prompting questions to help students fill in each box.  Here are some suggestions to get you started (from Awakening...

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Personification

Oct 28, 2009 by

Writing Trait/Strategy: Word choice; personification; poetry tools Mentor Text Suggestions: Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller Dirty Laundry Pile by Paul Janeczko (ed.) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman The Goldfish Yawned by Elizabeth Sayles School Supplies: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton Winter Barn by Pater Parnell Description: Personification is a comparison in which something that is not human is described with human qualities. This tool is used especially by poets, but authors of other texts as well, to create mind pictures for the reader. Introduce this literary craft to students by pointing out examples in mentor texts such as those listed above.   Activity: Have students go on a “personification walk.” Have them make a list...

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Word Choice Activities and Minilessons...

Feb 20, 2009 by

  "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."                                                            –Mark Twain Verb Charades Using index card, write a different verb on each card.  Place the card in a bag.  Have students take turns selecting a card acting out the verb on the card.  Classmates try to guess the verb. Noun Scattergories Preparation:  Make game sheets that list several categories with a blank beside each.  Photocopy the game sheets. Prepare a ziploc bag with 26 letter tiles or cards—one labeled for each letter of the alphabet. To play:  Divide students into small groups.  Give each group a copy of a game sheet.  Draw a letter from the bag.  Each group writes the letter at the top of the sheet and works together...

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