In Second Grade we just wrapped up our unit on personal narratives, ending with a whole second grade celebration of our published work.
Now we are starting our unit on poetry. We began the unit asking the children to write a poem, and in many cases their first thought was to find rhyming words for the end of each line, writing a poem which sounds like a song.
Yet as we progress through our unit, basing our lessons on a very inspiring book, Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages , by Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons, the children will come to learn that, first and foremost, being a poet involves looking at the world with a poet’s eyes – – that is, looking at the world in fresh, new ways. We can create significant poems when we have meaningful ideas to write about. By looking at life closely and carefully, poets find topics to write about that mean a lot to them, topics that give them “big feelings.” Poets find ways in which to anchor these feelings in small objects or details, making pictures that they paint with words, which shows rather than tells you just how they perceive the world. The second graders will learn how to be think and act like poets!
In addition, the second graders will use their poet’s ears as they listen to the sounds of poetry. They will learn how to find and use precise language, striving to find the perfect words to make their ideas as clear and powerful as possible. They will experiment with comparisons and point of view, and practice looking at pattern and repetition to enhance the meaning of their poems. We hope to see lots of growth in the children as the unit progresses.
We highly recommend the following websites. These poets have inspired last year’s second graders, who read their poems with open minds and open hearts. We hope you will help foster your child’s appreciation of poetry!
http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/ poems of Amy Ludwig Van Derwater
http://poemsinyourpocket.wordpress.com/tag/zoe-ryder-white/ poems of Zoë Ryder White
http://www.kristinegeorge.com/ poems of Kristine O’Connell George
The Second Grade Team