Students on the Delta Team have been reading, writing and reciting poetry for the past month. From memorizing and reciting a poem in front of the class to reading poetry of many, many poets, including Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, students gained an ear for the rhythms of poetry and gained confidence to write their own poems.
Many students took inspiration from the poetry we shared in class. William Carlos Williams’ poem, The Red Wheelbarrow, inspired students to write free verse poems that hint at something significant that has happened in their lives, but that do not give away the meaning entirely, in the same way Williams’ red wheelbarrow poem does.
Arnold Adoff’s poem Street Music about the sounds in the special places in our lives taught students about onomatopoeia, rhythm and using size and shape of their words to add meaning.
Many Delta students took a special opportunity to work with eighth graders from the Cascade Team to turn their recently finished argument essays into spoken word poetry. Either grade teachers taught Delta students to imbed the evidence they learned from their research and to use figurative language to create powerful messages using poetry.
All Delta students memorized and recited a poem of their choosing. While showcasing poets Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein, and others, students worked on presentation skills. Practicing speaking in front of an audience without notes was a great challenge and students were pleasantly surprised and impressed with their success!