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Samantha Monaco

Module 6: Poetry

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Hello everyone!

First, here is the link to my annotations for my selected reading.ย

Next, I will complete the writing task.

"Using details from BOTH readings explain how someone could use poetry to build imagination in the written work of students. Share some poems you would use in the classroom."

After reading both of the selected readings, I feel better educated on poetry and teaching it to young children. Before this module, I had the common misconception about poetry and the need to rhyme. I also had many experiences from school, mainly high school, where I didn't understand poetry and was forced to write it. In the readings, it even talked about this and how common this is for students. The question at hand is how someone could use poery to build imaginiation in the written work of students. Poetry is an interesting way of written communication that requires imagination. Instead of traditional writing, the student opens up their mind to the world of metaphors, stanzas, imagery, etc. The student has the freedom to write as they please and use the words they want without being right or wrong. I believe poetry is the most creative form of writing and really requires imagination from children in order to make connections between their thoughts/intent to their actual writing. One important aspect we learned about teaching poetry is to have the student imagine how the poet was writing and what their intent was. From here, they have to imagine and take on that role in order to create a poem of similar intent.

Some poems I might use in the classroom are the following:


Last, here is the extended metaphor poem that I wrote:

My mind is a garden,

my thoughts are the seeds.

The soil is the barrier of who I

am and want to be.

I can grow flowers,

or I can grow weeds.

You see, it's up

to me.