Today, we started learning the basics about poetry. By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
- identify and use similes, alliteration, repetition, and rhyming patterns
- explain why they are effective
- memorize and present my own poetry
- write many kinds of poems including:
- Free verse
- And others,
- create vivid images using adjectives and strong verbs
- read and select poems that are important to me
In class, we took notes on poetry:
- Poetry is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions.
- The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.
- Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous.
- Most poems are written in lines. A group of lines in a poem is called a stanza. Stanzas separate ideas in a poem. They act like paragraphs.
There are many things to pay attention to when reading a poem:
- Title – Provides clues about – topic, mood, speaker, author’s purpose
- Rhythm – Fast or slow? Why?
- Imagery – What pictures do we make in our minds?
- Mood – Happy, sad, angry, thoughtful, silly, excited, frightened?
- Voice – Who is speaking – poet or character; one voice or more?
- Author’s Purpose – Sending a message, sharing feelings, telling a story, being funny, being descriptive?
- Figures of Speech – What do they tell us about the subject?
- Plot – What is happening in the poem?
Remember, to make meaning, readers must make connections and tap into their background knowledge and prior experiences as they read.