16 April 2012

Feeling, Seeing, Hearing, Tasting, and Smelling Feelings

One of my favorite books to use in writing poetry is...

by Vladimir Radusky
If you have not read this book, the author uses children’s descriptions of what peace feels, looks, smells, tastes, and sounds like.  Their descriptions are precious!
After reading this book to my class, we brainstorm ideas for a different feeling, joy, using the Mimeo board and the document below. 
Here is an example of what we brainstormed for joy...
Once my student are bursting with the excitement of their ideas, I ask each student to choose a different emotion to brainstorm on their own.  I give them this sheet to guide them...(Click on the picture to download this sheet!)
After I give the students a day or two in writing workshop to brainstorm, we are ready to take our ideas on to the next step.  I model for the students how we take our brainstormed ideas and put them into the poem.  I make sure to let them know that it's okay that every idea is not used, but we do want to use the one that are the most powerful and can help our readeer use their senses too.  We play around with some of the ideas that we brainstorm together.  I remind the class how the good ideas that we are looking for are the ones that will make us feel joy as well as our reader!  Just simply saying "the playground" is not going to make our reader feel that joy...instead "bursting into a run from the school doors onto the playground" would make our reader feel more joyous.  Here is how our class poem ended up...

Student then get time to play with their ideas and write their poems.  I work with the students in conferences to improve on some of those ideas that tell the feeling instead of showing it.  After some hard work and revision, we have poems that are just as precious as the book that inspire them.

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  1. Hello! I just found your blog through Pinterest. It is too cute! Love your testing ideas.

    Swimming into Second

  2. Just found your blog through 5 Star Blog. Fabulous ideas!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. OMG these are great! I have got to check out this book! Thank you for sharing with us! I'm your newest follower. I'm proud to have earned my 5 star blogger badge too! Come by when you get a chance!

    Blogging Blessings from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  4. Hopping over from Charity Preston's linky! I love this idea! I will have to find this book. Can't wait to take a look at you blog!
    Literacy Minute

  5. I like this!!! Thanks for sharing. When writing a reflection, I always use what did____ look like, feel like, sound like, smell like, taste like. Thanks for giving me a lesson idea for this upcoming week!



  6. Great post - definitely a 5-Star Blogger! Thanks for linking up!

    The Organized Classroom Blog

  7. First of all, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! It is just adorable!! I am stopping by to visit all of my fellow 5-Star Bloggers. Your ideas are great and I can't wait to check out this book!


  8. Popping in to visit my fellow 5 Star Bloggers. I'm your follower number 111..



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