I love sharing the love of words and story with kids. I’m often amazed by their articulation, and deeply moved by their observations. It’s exciting to see them stretching themselves and trying new things in their own wordplay. And there is that something extra special about hearing teacher’s awe when responding to the words/works of their students… and to later hear that poems that sang so sweet off the page were very often written by kids who don’t write much.
There is something about poetry that doesn’t just level the playing field – it lets kids shine.
During a week of author talks and poetry workshops across three different schools, last week we indulged in all sorts of poetry play; shape poetry (with lots of lovely creativity with poetic literary devices) tag poetry, found poetry and zentangles. We rocked the guinea pig chant, and stirred up some colourful alphabet soup – and were entertained by budding young actors, and spoken word performers who crawled into my head and read words just as I have imagined them spoken. I love how free verse does that!
A number of groups found poems in my chapter book, ‘Fencing with Fear’ – which they will take away and make into zentangle poetry. But here are is a teaser of poems…
starts to crack
in slow motion
across my face
is as wide as
a million sensations
We’d better get
my brother starts
Not sure he’s alive.
Even my dad indulged me, after dinner one night.
The bike starts bouncing;
the drop is steep.
A million sensations flashing
through my mind.
Hanging on …
hits the ground …
I’m not alive.
Tag poetry is always fun – and a great way to slip a play with poetry into a session. It’s amazing how many kids who ‘don’t really write poetry’ write beautiful poems when given something to start with. Unfortunately, my phone doesn’t do justice to their poems…
I didn’t mean to blur this photo so badly (actually, I didn’t mean to blur it at all!) but I quite like the sense of energy it portrays – because in mere moments, kids were engaged and creating.
Jone has the Poetry Friday round-up this week, so click across to Check it Out!