Crafting a Poem

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One of the assignments every West Ridge student completes in seventh grade is writing an original poem.

This composition is a process piece:  after spending time reading and discussing mentor text poems, students spend time independently exploring our school library’s large collection of poetry.  After experimenting with possibilities in their writer’s notebooks, students then draft, conference, revise, edit, and publish their own poems.

Below are just a handful of the 130 poems written this December.  Each is accompanied by an author’s note that provides insight into the writer’s inspiration for the poem and experience in writing it.

“At First Glance” by Aoibhin

“The Beach” by Charlie

“The Team” by Benjamin T.

“The Whale Shark Swims” by Ava

“Unless…” by Daniel L.

“A Surprise in the Lake” by Brittany

“Snowflake” by Avery

“I Stand at the Block” by Cannon

“Hunger Games Poem” by Charan

“Flying High” by Emaan

 

Image credit:  Pixabay CC0

Crafting with Imagery

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Students were asked to reflect on poetry they had recently created.

Q: Think about a significant image in one of the poems you have been working on. Quote the line(s) in the space below, then elaborate on the meaning that imagery brings to your poem. What do you want your reader to feel?

We are making the connection between our crafting choices and the resulting experiences of our readers. 

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Published!

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We have enjoyed getting to know our iEARN project partners this fall and exchanging our writing with them.  Our poetry and expository compositions have now been published:  we created Weebly websites for our poetry projects, Ms. Gorelova’s class created a blog for their friendship project, and Ms. Mitrofanova’s class created a newspaper for their teen life project.  Click on the links below to read our work!

Friendship by Ms. Gorelova’s Class
The Footprints of a Generation by Ms. Mitrofanova’s Class
Mrs. Kriese’s 4th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Kriese’s 6th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Kriese’s 7th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Schoch’s 5th Period Poetry Project
Mrs. Schoch’s 2nd Period Poetry Project

Student Poetry: Where We’re From

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These poems were inspired by a reading of George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From” and by our own explorations and excavations of childhood, home, and family in our Writer’s Notebooks.

Enjoy these ten. More student poetry will be posted over the next couple of days.

Student Preposition Poems

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After a lesson on prepositional phrases, students used their lists of prepositions to write poems with the words.  It was a fun activity to help learn prepositions and to practice crafting with prepositional phrases, adding details of when, where, how, what kind, and which one to their writing!

Ryan writes about the excitement of a football game.  Bryce captures the rivalry between Hill Country and West Ridge.  The thrill of scoring a touchdown is described by Andrew,  Ryan and John.

Lucca and Matthew each tell about the beauty of music.  Christina and Grace enjoy the wonders of a carnival.

George transports us into a basketball arena, Kevin takes us camping beside a still lake underneath a starry sky, and Ethan has us see the world from the viewpoint of his kitten as it’s confined in its carrier.

Beware the haunted houses described by ClaraJenny and Emma!  Enjoy the cake baked by Izadora and Carmen.  Experience a delightful holiday scene with Alanna.

Smile with Irma for picture day!  Go fishing with Malone, work out with Kelly, dream with Saira and Shampurna.

Can you name all six of the games that Isaac takes you through?

Enjoy!

Poems with Prepositional Phrases

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Inspired by this lesson from Read, Write, Think, we are writing poems to help us learn prepositional phrases. Here are two that my daughter Karen and I wrote together last night:

Between the lines of a diary’s pages,
Within the ring on a blackened hand,
From the locket beyond a lake of monsters,
  In a cup among glittering jewels,
In a diadem among abandoned treasures,
Inside a snake under a cloak of scales,
Behind the lightning scar of the boy who lived,
The Dark Lord survives

 

Harry Potter
Out of the cupboard
On to Hogwarts
At age eleven
Beside loyal friends

Across the years
After so much pain

Into the forest
Among those he loved
With new understanding
Beyond fear of death
Toward Voldemort

Write a poem of your own using prepositional phrases.  Students, perhaps you could revisit your Writer’s Notebook entry about your favorite shoes and where they have taken you and turn it into a poem.  Other ideas include writing a poem about a favorite hobby, sport, book, movie, vacation, game–anything goes!