I like to incorporate games into the classroom as much as possible. With this Exponent Match game, my students were able to explore the exponent pattern as a group. In this game students match the exponent form card with the … Continue reading →
According to Robert Frost, poetry is “when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” To Carl Sandburg, poetry is “an echo, asking a shadow how to dance.” Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about poetry “To see the Summer Sky/ Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -/ True Poems flee.”
When the 6th graders are introduced to poetry, I read them several poet’s thoughts on poetry, and then I ask them how they define poetry. Here’s what they said and some poems that they wrote soon after. Each author was asked to write about their favorite place; they each have their own color.
“Poetry is the loving art of rhyming random words and becoming famous. Poetry is the color cherry.”
Ukrainian pizza place
I arrive at a place where an unknown pizza lays on the table,
I arrive where a new ceiling is above me.
I arrive at this pizza place,
An eating place for me.
Oh waiter of the food! The customer humbly offers his money to buy food for himself.
“Poetry is someone’s thoughts or feelings. It’s something about someone, something, or the person’s culture, society, government, and their rights and economy.”
This place is hot,
Its beautiful sites
It was the place that I flew a kite,
It’s where I was,
it’s my homeland,
its the south,
it also is the state
that has most of my relatives,
Author 3 “Poetry is the words that make a person warm, sad, happy, and confused.”
There are three people who I love
My sister, mother and father
Home is my best place, because they are there
There are also many things I can do
I can eat food, play games, sleep, and talk
Home is my best place, because I can do those things there
Even though there are some bugs and it is not clean,
home is my best place!
Because there is my family
Author 4 “[Poetry is] Words that describe something you like or don’t like. Poetry can be beautiful or sad. It expresses feeling, like how you are feeling right now.”
My place is where I was raised, I spent all of my life
in the Caucuses where almost everything is fresh. The
language was easy but difficult sometimes.
How I would love to see my home again.
How i would love to see my old friends again.
How i would love to play in the streets again.
How I would love to see my place again.
My place Azerbaijan!
Author 5 “[Poetry] is boring.”
My home, my friend.
Many food, many friend
People, buildings, cars.
every time has sound.
Let’s meet 2 years later.
I miss you.
Author 6 “Poetry is horrible! I think poetry is boring and everything besides good. Poetry is a story usually with rhythm or rhyming. Sometimes it doesn’t rhyme, but then it sounds bad. I would say poetry is blackest black.”
A place of comfort for me is home
Where I was born in the morn
Where the sky is bright to my eye
And where I eat with delight
I can feel the floor covered in a rug after getting a hug instantly when coming home.