This week, we started a poetry study in our writing lessons.
Students have participated in “poetry immersion” all week. This means we read lots of poems and analysed how they are written. Students observed the mood of different poems and the writing craft that is used.
We discussed what we sometimes see in poems. Here are some of our thoughts:
- Emotions or feelings
- Repeated words or phrases
- Descriptive language
- “Show me, don’t tell me”
- A message or moral
- A twist
We also focussed on how figurative language is used in poetry. We investigated six different kinds of figurative language:
- Hyperbole (hy-per-bol-ee)
- Onomatopoeia (on-o-mat-o-pia)
Some of these types of figurative language were new to the students and they enjoyed learning the new vocabulary. Learning how to say hyperbole and onomatopoeia was a challenge!
Today, students used the knowledge they have gained about the art of poetry to write their own poems. First, we went outside and observed the environment around us. Students took notes of the things they could see, hear, smell and feel.
We then used these observations as inspiration for our poetry. Everyone did an amazing job! You can read all of the poems in the slideshow below. Click the full screen icon to view the poems properly. Enjoy!