My students have been immersed in reading and writing poetry this month. We’ve been talking about line breaks, rhythm, and imagery.
Last week we took a common classroom object, our white board, and looked carefully at it. We brainstormed a whole list of things we noticed, then chose the best and arranged them with rhythm. Here’s what we came up with:
The White Board
By Room 102
The white board in our classroom is
We put stuff on it
Mrs. L. A. puts homework on it.
I was thrilled with the collaboration. They had fun and I especially appreciated the twist in the last line. So, this morning, I introduced the idea of personification. We had read a few poems that made use of it, and spent a few days on “Who Likes the Wind” which has a kite, a boat and thistle all talking. The idea of these things acting like people inspired a great bit of fun. I turned back to our writing about the White Board and wondered how it would have described itself. The students were up for the challenge:
The White Board Talks
By Room 102
I like people to draw on me
I like when people stick stuff on me with magnets
I like when people erase the drawings;
I like when people use me.
I do not like when Mrs. L.A. writes homework on me.
It has been fun to watch my students play with words.
I love National Poetry Month.