Tagged Poetry

The Poetic Rant

We all need a good rant now and again–why not use it in the classroom? In Linda Morel’s lesson plan, students pick something they strongly oppose and write a rant expounding on what is wrong with it.

Jazz Poems

Jazz Poems Written in response to listening to “Milestone” by Miles Davis   by Ashley (4th grade) Penguins bopping up and down quacking like crazy because they can’t stop Bright orange floating all around Full of color, full of life Summer coming, full of fun Life, life, life, it’s all quite crazy People soar… on…

Crouching Lion, Marble Statue

by Felix O.  (6th Grade) Striding down the museum halls, head turning side to side, breath trapped inside my bones, happiness swelling beyond measure, I come to the masterpiece itself. It growls at me It measures me, It POUNCES! Slowly dusting myself off, rising from the pearly marble ground, I come face to face with…

A Black Person’s Life

by Jasmine (7th grade) Negative There was a time when there were slaves Who were treated wrong even when they behaved My ancestors were beaten, whipped and killed They became angered, soulless and people who had no will They didn’t do anything wrong or bad But the Europeans and Salesmen were glad Because they would…

Sounds and Silences: Line Breaks

In Noemi Martinez Cress’ lesson plan, “Sounds and Silence,” she teaches students how to organize their poem into lines. After the previous lesson, during which students started to write their first short poems (usually in large block, like paragraph or prose), “The Poem (As the Cat)” by Williams Carlos Williams is used as a model to…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 218X

To the students of 218X (from the introduction to the anthology Everything is Liquid) This was a very special residency for me because Ms. Agramonte suggested we take the students to the Museum of Natural History and write poems and draw images inspired by the Northwestern mask exhibit. Her students had been studying masks from around…

The Art Poem

In this lesson from T&W teaching artist Amina Henry, students explore the relationship between visual art and poetry. Using the poetry of William Carlos Williams as a model, students explore imagery and use it as a starting point to write their own poems about art.  Grade(s) taught: 3rd, 4th, and 5th  Genre(s) taught: Poetry, creative…

This is Just to Say

Our Words Golden by Isaiah (Middle School) Like golden statues, Like a butterfly, Like the sun in space. Our words like stars.   This is Just to Say: I Can’t Go Outside by Christopher (Middle School) I can’t go outside. People shooting; Fireworks. People Going in, Keep going into, The sky. It is so sad To…

Poetic Mysteries: A Thread of Hope

Staring With Hope By Nusiba (6th grade) Staring up at the sky With hope Wanting a sign Waiting for a drop of water Not knowing what’s about to come Maybe a breeze Or a storm, or just the sun Maybe just the same as yesterday The gloom of the day Bringing you down So you…

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