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FC: Poets Among Us | Meredith Ezzelle LIS 120 Summer 2010 Language Arts

1: Anyone can be a poet if they are willing to express themselves through poetry. The students at Northeastern Randolph Middle gave it a shot this year in their Language Arts classes. What did they discover? They are ALL POETS.


3: Step 1: Brainstorm Write down ideas that you have for your poems. Students wrote down all the ideas they could come up with when they were given a poem topic. There were no right or wrong answers. Poetry is all about self-expression. Brainstorming is about getting everything swirling in your head down on paper so you can organize your ideas.

4: Step 2: Write a rough draft of your poem.

5: The students rough drafted over ten different types of poems. Examples of Poems the Students Wrote: -Limericks -Haikus -I am From Poems -If I Were Poems AND MANY MORE!

6: Step 3: Make a final draft of your poetry. Using a computer, type up your poems.

7: Finalizing Your Poetry

8: Step 4: Compile your Poetry Organize your poetry in a way that is appealing to the reader.

9: Getting Organized

10: Display Your Work

11: Step 5: Display Your Poetry You can display your poetry any way that you like. These students chose to make collages around their poems. The collages were cut-outs from magazines that described the students.

12: Students stand beside their work that they proudly displayed in the 7th grade hallway.

14: Bulletin Board Displays

15: Students selected five of their favorite poems that they wrote during the poetry unit and displayed them on a bulletin board.

16: Additional Displays

17: Student's took their favorite poems from the class, decorated them and attached yarn to them. They then proceeded to hang them from a hanger to make a mobile.

18: More Displays....

19: Below: During the Olympics, poetry was displayed on the Olympic rings. | Above: Students made posters to illustrate their poetry and then presented.

20: Even teachers can be poets! "I am from wonderful places that I have been And able to enjoy all the people I have met. I have realized that I am blessed with great family and friends. And will always have a warm place to come to. I am from me." -Ms. Testerman "I am From Poem"

21: "I am from humble beginnings and hard times. I am from hurt and fear, hope and love. I am from happiness, joy and excitement. I am from a feeling that tells me that I will always be okay, Because I will always know where I am from. And I will always be home." -Miss Ezzelle "I am From Poem"

22: Cut and Paste Poetry Students cut a picture out of a magazine and then cut out words to describe the mood of the picture. They then organized the words into a poem. | Example Poetry

23: Shape/Concrete Poem The poem is written in the shape of the subject the poem is about. Example Below: "My little girl's a princess and my little boy's a prince. If you ever met them, of this you'd be convinced. They give out compliments like they're going out of style. Everyone that meets them cannot help but smile. My babies, they are royalty, without whom my heart would not be whole. I cannot help but feel like a queen when I am Emmy to Hillary and Cole."

24: Technology and Poetry | Students used the interactive whiteboard to play the game shown to the right. With this game, students moved the description of the poem over top of the swirling circles labeled with poetry types. If the answer was right the swirls would swallow the description. If the answer was wrong, it would shoot the answer back at the students.

25: Using the interactive whiteboard, the students played memory with poetry terms.

26: Now go! Get started! Be creative and express yourself. There is no right or wrong answer. You are the judge of your poetry. Just don't be surprised if you end up being a poet yourself!

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