My third grade students at Northfield are finished with tanka.
Here's a last one, by Ethan H. I like the way we don't know the shark is speaking until the fourth line of the poem.
King of the ocean.
Very strong and painful.
I feel nothing can stop me.
Prey is terrified of me.
Children love writing about animals. Using the animal, they can describe their own feelings from a little bit of a distance. It's a great way to get kids to open up about emotions that might otherwise feel scary.
You can find a full lesson on comparing emotions to animals here.
Next, Northfield students share opposites poems. But we'll take a break for Poetry Friday and a recommended picture book by poet Carole Boston Weatherford.