When we are done with the written/typed part, then I will record each student reading his or her own poem, and then will download it onto a CD. The CDs will be included with the bound books.
Some of the poetry writing techniques we've been talking about:
* write words in regular sentences, then take out some unimportant words
* experiment with the length of the lines
* use comparisons
* use personification
* "be" what you are writing about
* use repetition. Or don't.
* use rhyme. Or don't
* use lively verbs
Here is a sample of one child's poem. This one is by Kai. Kai and I worked together to change the length of his lines to make if "feel" more like a poem. I also encouraged him to use a bit of repetition. I think the end result is quite lovely.
he wants food
he eats anything
anything he can catch
he is powerful