Fun Poetry Activities
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|Table of Contents
SubProject No. 1
What is Poetry?
SubProject No. 2
SubProject No. 3
SubProject No. 4
The Rhyme Scheme
SubProject No. 5
Kinds of Poetry
SubProject No. 6
SubProject No. 7
SubProject No. 8
Local Poets in GFW
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SubProject No. 10
Poet Biography Page
SubProject No. 11
Kidz Poetry Page
SubProject No. 12
Fun Poetry Activities
Ever try or want to try Fingerplays. It is a great way to
experience poetry. As well, it allows us to develop good motor skills while having a
lot of fun in school, at home or with family and friends.
Maybe you always wanted to learn Choral Speaking.
There are four types of choral
speaking. They include:
- the refrain,
- line-a-child and
Want to try!
Jokes and riddles are always
popular with kids and even adults. Poetry is often filled with humor.
Why not check out this site prepared by Mrs. Weber's class @ Griswold
School, Kensington, CT.
What makes a
||Have a poetry day at your school!
Why not pretend to be a Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein, and Jack Prelutsky?
Have students write their own poems, while preparing them for their very own
audience. Creative expression can be a part of your everyday!
Check out Poetry
Day at Shorecrest!
||Check out World Book
Students can find a great summary of Poetry in World Book, whether in print
or multimedia editions.
Here are some activities that they suggest:
Poets generally agree that there are three basic categories of poetry:
(2) narrative; and (3) dramatic. Within those three general categories, there are a number
of different types, such as haiku, ode, epic, ballad, and monologue. Ask the students to
identify works that are examples of the three basic categories of poetry and include
samples of as many of the types of poetry in each category as they can find. Samples of
each of the specific works identified could be made part of a bulletin board display about
forms and styles of poetry.
Have the class study the structure of the sonnet. Then ask each student
to compose a sonnet. Discuss with the class the ways in which the sonnet form influences
the choice of subject and its poetic development.
Many people maintain that to be appreciated and fully understood, poetry
must be read aloud. Set a class period aside for a poetry reading session, and ask for
student volunteers to select and then present excerpts from works. The student volunteers
may select anything for presentation during the poetry reading session, as long as they
are able to defend it as a legitimate piece of poetry.
How do neoclassical poetry and romantic poetry differ? Compare
Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism with William Wordsworth's preface to the second
edition of Lyrical Ballads. What conclusions might you draw about the differences
between the attitudes of a neoclassical and a romantic poet?