Poetry Day 10- Making Music

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Morgan counts syllables as she composes a haiku.

After day 9, we had Spring Break for 10 whole days! Which is also equal to a third of Poetry Month. That’s a lot of time out of the middle of a unit, but we’re back.

We reviewed what we had learned before the break, and I showed them some of their own exemplars on a new bulletin board.

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Today we explored the idea of music in poetry. Not literal music, but the ways that poems can sound. I first asked the class for their ideas about what gives poems a sense of music. They mentioned rhyme and rhythm, and thought there might be more than that. We read (and listened to) a couple of poems together and tried to figure out how they got their music- what ‘instruments’ poets use, if I can extend the metaphor a bit further. We read First Flight, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and The Coin, by Carl Sandburg.

We listed what we noticed (apologies for the blur):

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Kids then went and explored their own possible musical instruments.

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Alexis decided to work with an earlier draft of this shape shifter poem.

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First she rewrote it with more purposeful line breaks. Then she took the last couple of lines (left of the gutter) and played a bit more with the line breaks.

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She read it aloud several times and decided on the music that best matched her poem.

I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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