Today I did a poetry lesson with Mrs. Cole’s 4th grade class. We looked at a variety of books that used personification, but we also studied list poems from Georgia Heard’s new collection, Falling Down the Page. Students voted on writing a list poem or a free form poem that used personification. They chose free form! Here is their poem and a video of their poetry reading.
I also taught another concrete poetry lesson with Kindergarten, but we stretched ourselves as writers in this lesson. We wrote a poem about a lamp. First, we made a list of all of the parts of a lamp and then I drew our picture. Then, the students started thinking of words that described each part. I wrote the words onto the shape as they said them. Here’s a picture of our poems, but I also typed them for your enjoyment.
By Mrs. Cole’s Class
I fall down the rocks
Roaring in fear as I fall
to the water below
Boom! Boom! I hit the river floor
I’m wet and cold and have no pulse
Fishes flying through me
Fishes tickle me
Water sliding down slippery rocks
I swoosh and I fall
By Mrs. Boyle’s Class