In this unit the students will hear, discuss, and write poetry. They will think about what makes a poem a poem, and they will informally explore imagery (sensory details, metaphor, personification), sound (repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia), and form in poetry (open and closed). They will learn to listen to the language in poems and think about what poems look like on the page. They will generate ideas for poems, including writing about seasons, common objects, and things that make different kinds of sounds. They will learn that poets can break punctuation rules intentionally, and they will think about what this would like in their own poems. They will tap into their creativity and express interest in and appreciation for one another’s creativity and writing.
The students are encouraged to activate their imaginations and take creative risks in this unit. Poetry gives writers endless freedom in using words to express their ideas.