Poetry, as the Grade 3 students in Mr. Brandon Hawes’ class have learned this term, is much more than just putting pen to paper. There’s the need for a focused topic; rich, descriptive vocabulary; and an eye on the rhythms based on the language and line breaks you use. But there’s also the appearance of the poem: the structure of how it looks on the page, and the conscious use of imagery and white space around the words.
As the students neared the end of their poetry unit last Friday, the class held a student poetry reading to showcase their poems and share the fruits of their hard work with their classmates and parents.
Congratulations to all our young poets!
Click through the slideshow to read and see all of the students’ poems: