Express Yourself!

Even though the month of April is a busy time of year ,I love it because there are so many ways to express yourself. A favorite in the library is “found poetry”. Before you recycle the books you have weeded from your library choose some to keep because there are SEVERAL very cute projects out there.  This activity could be set up in your makerspace area or your writing area.

Supply List

  • Old book pages
  • Markers (I use the Paper Mate Flair)
  • Scrap paper (for thinking)
  • Pencils

I talk to the students about free verse poetry and give them examples. For some reason this type of poetry is very hard for them to grasp. They think every poem has to rhyme. So depending on your audience you may want to show a few examples and then work together on one. The directions are simple.

Directions:

  1. Read the entire document and lightly circle any word you may use with a pencil
  2. Use a scrap piece of paper to write the words down and find a flow. (you can start at top, go to bottom and then back up top if needed. Just be sure to create a way for others to follow your expression.)
  3. Use any shape to outline the words in your expression.
  4. Get creative and draw an image that relates to your expression or doodle around the flow of the words.
  5. Most importantly HAVE FUN! BE CREATIVE! EXPRESS YOURSELF!

This is one I did as an example. I chose hearts because my Free Verse Poem reads: “They rekindled the glow a few moments ago.” (See I could’t help but rhyme LOL!)DSC_0159

I asked the Art Teacher to do one as example for those who are artistic minded. It reads:” Somebody opening a large passageway,I thought. He jokingly spoke, that man probably had plenty of long, rusty iron pipes the old geezer.”She then drew a door in the background representing a passageway! How cool is that! DSC_0161

I had some really great ones last year and I cannot wait to see what they come up with this year! This activity covers Poetry & Earth Day! You can also put them on black card stock (as shown) for the students to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day. You could also use this with an ELA lesson and have students circle adjectives that describe someone or something! There are sooooo many possibilities!

Just have fun with it!

Happy Poetry Month!

~Ms. Amy

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