Sharing poetry with my students is a goal that I have for the year. I have the poems which I have collected from numerous sources printed on overhead transparencies. Three times a week I display the poems on the board for all to see. I usually read the poem once and then call on a male voice and female voice to read during the week. Each day we try to unfold some new aspect of the poem discussing the vocabulary, syllable form, style and flavor of each poem and poet.
We recently read John Clare’s Pleasant Sounds and I asked my students to brainstorm some of their favorite sounds. The lights were off and some of my students’ pencils couldn’t stop scrawling across their page. The next day I handed my students the task of composing a poem of their own favorite or pleasant sounds. I was most pleased with their work and would like to share a poem or two with you.
The chirping of birds in the distance,
Trickling of water down the stream,
Laughter of children on the playground,
Shouts of joy for my team.
Rain hitting on my window,
Creatures scampering about,
Horses hooves in the fields,
The honk of a mailman on his route.
Dad cheering for the Aggies,
Knives hitting the plate,
Ladies sipping their tea,
The speeches in debate.
composed by Annaleigh