Today we looked at the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks and as a class we modeled poetry after her poem “We Real Cool.” Some of my students published their poem on their blog as well. You can find their blogs by clicking student blogs at the top of the page.
We real smart.We
don’t fart. We
pass gas. When
we out of class.
We make A’s. We
go all the way!
~ ~ ~
We rule school. We
too cool. We
sit at school. We
obey the rules.
Sometimes it’s hard, but we
We are currently studying poetry in my class. We learned a song for the elements of poetry (set to the song “Take a Bow”). During writing I have been teaching different poetic forms and how to construct poems. I found several great resources on TeachersPayTeachers. One was a prezi presentation on blackout poetry. After their test on Friday my students did an amazing job creating their own poetic art.
Here is a link to the blackout poetry presentation – FREE!!
During our Poetry Unit my students create portfolios. These portfolios include poems that they enjoyed, lyrics to songs and poems that they have written in and out of class.
I have been able to get some great work out my students through this project. It really helps them to apply the things that they have learned about poetry.
Here is a list of the items I require in their portfolio:
- Cover Page
- Table of Contents
- Glossary of Poetry Terms
- Five Poems with Poetic Devices Highlighted and Explained
- Five Original Poems that They Wrote
- One Song with an Analysis of Poetic Devices Used
Here are some pictures from some of the portfolios I have received:
To teach song analysis I used Tracee Ormans Freebie “Firework” by Katy Perry Song Lyrics Poetry Terms
I have the rubric/checklist for this project available in my TPT store: Poetry Portfolio Culminating Project