I love Spring time. The cold winter air is fading away slowly (at least where we live now), the birds are singing while they build their nests and find their mates. The grass starts growing and fields of green can be seen as far as they eye can see. Aside from the cooler Fall weather, Spring is my favorite season.
The newness and freshness of life is uplifting after a long, cold winter. And for some reason, I think poetry is a lot like Spring. It can be refreshing and even give you a new perspective on life.
If you’re just starting to learn about poetry, definitions and the different types is a great place to start. And rather than write out the different styles and their characteristics, I will refer you to this post on Young Writers that gives a description of each one.
Poetry is not to be read the same as a novel or short story, therefore, here are some tips and strategies to help.
Survey the poem and see the way it is laid out on the page, stanzas, number of lines and the punctuation used throughout, especially at the end of lines.
Read the poem aloud several times. This is especially important for younger children just learning and being introduced to poetry. When learning to read poetry it can be difficult to hear the rhyming and rhythm, so reading aloud will help.
Have them to visualize the poem as it is read. They can listen for strong verbs and comparisons in the poem to help them see what the author is trying to convey. Much like reading a novel, poems will paint a picture if you listen to the words.
Define any new words or unfamiliar phrases. Just like when reading a novel, new words and unfamiliar phrases need to be identified and clarified. Listen for those that are repeated, as they may be important to the meaning of the poem. Students can use a dictionary, thesaurus or clues from the context.
Find the theme of the poem by asking questions about the message or idea the poet is trying to deliver. Maybe they are trying to explain something in a new and different way? Maybe it relates to your life or the state of a country at the time?
Included in this Set
- 18 Spring Themed Poems
- Poems by:
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Louisa May Alcott
- Robert Frost
- Emily Dickinson
- Sara Teasdale
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- and many more!
- Lined pages for copywork
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