Saturday, March 31, 2012

Noticing Poetry in What We Say and What We Hear

The first grade team will introduce poetry formally this week. In room 109, we've already begun to spend time listening to each other talk in an effort to find the seeds of poems in our natural, everyday language. We won't "listen for words that rhyme but, instead will listen for words that feel true, expressions that surprise us, or language that describes something in a new or beautiful way." Collections of the words will be posted on a bulletin board inside our classroom.

We'll also begin to search for "true, amazing, beautiful, interesting, vivid words and sentences selected from stories and other read alouds."  We'll display these collections in talking bubbles above each child's self portrait in the hallway.  

*Ideas taken from Reading and Writing Poetry by Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack

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