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Last week, I shared the onomatopoeia lesson I use during poetry residencies.
Part 1 of the lesson -- with student responses -- is here.
Part 2 of the lesson -- with more poems by third graders -- is here.
Today, let's focus on opposite poems. I use this workshop to teach stanzas, a way for young writers to organize their thoughts and begin playing around with white space on the page.
The model poem I use is "Swift Things Are Beautiful," by Newbery Award-winning author Elizabeth Coatsworth. This is a rich poem for the third graders to discuss. You can find my poem walk, where we look at "Swift Things Are Beautiful" line by line, at this post.
On to the third grade poets! You will see that some of us aren't ready to stop celebrating Halloween.
Cute and Scary
by Julia W.
I like cute things:
baby chicks hopping in your hand,
little puppies jumping up an down,
little kittens meowing away,
babies saying "goo goo ga ga."
I don't like scary things:
monsters that scare you away,
vampires with blood dripping,
witches that are cackling,
and zombies that are dead.
Hot and Cold
by Ryan M.
Hot things make me warm.
A fire breaks out.
The sun warms me up.
A volcano erupts. Lava burns into rock.
The stove makes steam.
Cold things are beautiful.
I can see my footsteps in the snow.
I pull an icicle down from the roof.
I see a polar bear growling.
I can also see a penguin
taking care of its eggs.
by Claire B.
Some animals are slow.
Snails crawl on a path.
Turtles walk on the beach.
Hippos stomp in hot places.
Some animals are fast.
Tigers run in Africa.
Birds flap in the day.
Owls fly at night.
Visible, Not Visible
by Cade A.
Visible things are beautiful:
a dog running through a meadow,
a bright sunshine in the morning,
a house with glittering snow,
a big chocolate fudge sundae
waiting to be eaten.
But invisible things can be useful.
The wind guiding you through the forest.
Taste telling you if you like something or not.
Tape holding your mistakes together.
Smell guiding you to a cake
with three layers.
I have taught this lesson many times. It always excites me when a young poet like Cade finds a creative new opposite to write about, one that none of my past students has come up with before.
Thanks to the Manor Woods for giving me permission to share these poems. Monday is our Poets' Tea. Stop by and read some food poems to help us celebrate.