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The Art of Writing Poetry: A Different Approach to Language
In the English classes, students have been discovery and exploring the world of poetry. Through poetry from around the world, students have been learning more about language, rhythm, rhyme and word choice.
By writing poetry student explore language in a different way than through reading or writing essays. Poetry requires one to stop and think about each word: does it fit the rhyme scheme, the syllable count, the rhythm? Is this the very best word for what is being described? Through poetry, a writer gets to play with the language in a more hands-on way.
Poetry as a Tool for Language Development and Exploration of Issues
Not only does poetry help students in their language development, it also helps them work through issues and topics. Students in the middle school have been writing poems about geographical areas they are studying, giving them a chance to apply their learning in social studies to the English classroom.
There are also many different styles of poetry. This year in British literature, students have tried out Shakespearean sonnets, and have come to appreciate the work and wordsmithing the fourteen-line poems require. They have also examined William Blake’s work and emulated it in their own. Students in grades 8 and 9 have worked with anacrostics, haikus and concrete poetry.
Collaborative Showcase: “Poetree” Bulletin Board
To further enhance the immersive experience, Ms. Pam meticulously designed a visually captivating tree on the bulletin board, symbolizing the growth and diversity inherent in the world of poetry. The collaborative effort between the library and the English department resulted in a harmonious blend of artistry and literary expression called “Poetree”.
The title “Poetree” not only reflects the clever fusion of “poetry” and “tree” but also serves as a metaphorical representation of the students’ poetic journey. Each leaf on the tree encapsulates a unique poem, showcasing the individuality and creativity of every student. The diverse range of poetic styles, from Shakespearean sonnets to anacrostics and haikus, is beautifully woven into the branches of this literary tree.
The carefully curated display is more than just an exhibition; it’s a testament to the students’ dedication and artistic growth. Each poem serves as a leaf, contributing to the overall aesthetic and thematic richness of “Poetree.” As you explore the display, you’ll witness the poetic landscape these students have cultivated, reflecting not only their linguistic prowess but also their ability to delve into meaningful topics and apply their learning from other subjects.
Feel free to immerse yourself in the vibrant array of emotions, perspectives, and creative expressions showcased on “Poetree.” The bulletin board invites you to stop by anytime and marvel at the fruits of the students’ literary labors. Engage with the profound narratives, rhythmic verses, and thought-provoking themes that adorn this poetic haven, celebrating the remarkable achievements of these budding wordsmiths.