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Module 6: Poetry Break 27

A Free Verse Or Unrhymed Poem

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Introduction:  This poem is perfect to discuss the seasonal changes as spring approaches.  Ask the students how spring makes them feel?
 
Spring Is by Bobbi Katz
 
Spring is when
     the morning sputters like
bacon
     and
           your
            sneakers
                  run
                   down
                    the
                      stairs
so fast you can hardly keep up with them,
and
spring is when
     your scrambled eggs
      jump
            off
             the
              plate
and turn into a million daffodils
trembling in the sunshine.
 
Taken from:
 
Katz, Bobbi. 1996. POEMS JUST FOR US! New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0590535447.
 
Extension:  Ask the children how this poem made them feel.  Discuss the poems mood and the unusual connections that the author uses to convey the wonderful feeling of spring.  Discuss the use of "sound" words or onomatopoeia and identify the sound words that the author used in her poem.
 
The children could illustrate this poem or they could write their own poem about spring and make some unusal connections while using sound words.  they could illustrate their poem also.
 
 

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