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Poetry Lesson

February 2012

The Monhegan and Islesford olders had another poetry lesson in mid February! The kids were pumped to get to work together again after their first awesome poetry lesson as a group.

 

The kids started as a large group and Ms. Esynogle on Islesford shared a poem  that was about writing poetry! The students shared their thoughts and opinions about the poem as a group.

 

Then the students were split into two groups: th 6-8th graders and the 3rd-4th graders. The teacher on Monhegan lead the older students and took a look at Slam Poetry! Slam poetry can actually be ANY kind of poetry (limericks, sonnets, free verse, whatever) but there is a focus on expressing that poetry through spoken word.


The olders took some time and looked a clips of different teenage poets presenting their work at poetry slams! Pretty inspiring stuff! The kids brainstormed a list of what they thought were elements that made really strong "slam poems."


Here was the list the kids came up with:

Elements of Slam Poetry:

 

- emotion

- fast speaking /rhyming

- an idea!

- poem needs to breathe

- rhythm

- feeling

- care

- energy

- passion

 

Then it was time for the kids to write! They did an exercise called "Then... Now..."

 

They wrote furiously until the end of the period. The kids planned to take some time later in the week to share their poems and then work on a different exercise. The plan was for the kids to have a few different poems to choose from to preform at their own VIRTUAL Poetry Slam that was being planned for March! SOOO COOL!

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