The 6th graders have been working on a poetry unit. We started off our unit discussing what the word “poetry” means. We spent some time learning different types of figurative language. Each student created a short tutorial to teach the class a different type of figurative language.
This was one example:
We discussed alliteration, assonance, consonance, hyperboles, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, symbolism, and personification. Once the students each taught their classmates these terms, they split off into groups and analyzed various poems by some well-known poets. They had to find examples of each type of figurative language. Some poems were quite difficult to analyze, but nonetheless, we were able to find an example of each term.
Following our figurative language activity, each student randomly chose a famous poet to research. The students had to find out information about his/her assigned poet, what types of poetry he/she wrote about, and choose one of their poet’s poems that they found interesting. Finally, each student had to choose one poem to memorize and recite to the class. Last week, during our “Poetry Read Aloud” we all enjoyed hot chocolate, tea, and donuts while listening to classical music in our dimly lit classroom. We all enjoyed listening to the students recite their poetry and discuss why they chose that poem and how it made an impact on each of them. It was a great experience for all of us.
These were the poets they researched:
Edgar Allen Poe-Zachary
W. B. Yeats-Jamie
T. S. Eliot-Elior