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Poetry Day

Today, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.

So here are some ideas related to poetry that you can use in the classroom:

– Pick a poem that you liked as a child and read it to your students. Discuss the meaning of words and see how words rhyme even though they are spelled differently (rhyme/mime, rain/Jane…)

– Write a poem with the students! Give them a random word, easy to rhyme, like “air”,  and help them find rhyming words: bear, care, chair, compare, there, square… Then, in small groups, help them make up a poem using these words.

– Shape poetry! Pick an object, for example a tree, and ask your students for words that can describe it: green, tall, leafy, strong, small, colorful, old…  Using these words, write a short poem along with the students, and have them write it in the shape of the tree. Click here to see an example (extracted from this site)

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