2/29 – Starting the Poetry Unit

We started with a warm up: Describe a moment you ate something so good it took you to another world.

Then we talked about playfulness with language. We read Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop and Freight Train, both children’s books with elements of poetry in them, and then we talked about what makes those “poems” playful. We came up with a list of things that contribute to playfulness:

  • Narrative (tells a story)
  • Rhyme
  • Subject/Content
  • Repetition
  • Rhythm
  • Onomatopoeia (words that sound like what they mean)

Then I asked you to do your first experiment: try writing a children’s book poem. We shared some of those as we were able. I explained I’d be checking them in the next day.


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