Treasure Hunt for Poetry

Directions: Sit with a partner and treasure hunt for poetic lines or words in these picture and non-fiction books. Write them down on this sheet. Next, choose one line from your selection, write and illustrate it on a bookmark- be sure to include the title and author of the book.
My Poetic Lines: 1.





Write the line on this bookmark and illustrate it as you see fit. Then, cut the bookmark out place it in your poetry folder.

Cracking-Open Words
An important part of writing poetry is being able to “crack open” overused and abstract words and sentences, such as: “It was a nice day” or “She was very

nice” and find the proper image inside. In this center, you can experiment with an important part of revision- cracking-open words, phrases, and sentences to find more accurate and vivid images inside.

Directions: None of the sentences below give us a picture in ourminds using words. Next to each sentence describe and write what you see in your own mind. Close your eyes and see what images appear in your mind. Then, repaint the sentences using your own images and words. Example: It was a nice day. = The bright sun, appearing from behind Mt. Skye, cut diamonds across the blue lake.
1. It was a nice day. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 2. We had a lot of fun. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 3. The flowers were beautiful and colorful. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 4. She was a good person. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 5. The cat was cute. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

The Music of Words

Words have different personalities and qualities according to their sounds. Poets write by considering the meaning and sounds of their words.

Directions: Think about the sounds of words. Find at least five words that sound smooth, bumpy, and sharp (five in each column!). For example, a word that sounds smooth is ice; a

bumpy word is hippopotamus because it has many small syllables that make your mouth move; and a sharp word is kite because the consonants are sharp.




Listening Center
Directions: Listen to a few of the poems on the CD from Poetry Speaks to Children. You may read along with the book. As you listen, jot down the poems you enjoy listening to. Then choose a favorite line, image, or poem and when you are finished listening to the poems, use a piece of blank paper to illustrate the images you saw in your mind. Be sure to label the illustration with the title and author of the poem.
My Favorite poems:





Illustration Center
Directions: Choose a poem from the included packet. (If you did the Listening Center activity, you must choose a different poem for this activity.) Does the poem create a picture or pictures in your mind? Illustrate the image you see or, if you see several images divide the poem up and create a picture book. Either you can create your own picture book or you may illustrate a single page for one poem. When you illustrate the poem, please leave room to include the actual poem. You may type up the poem and shrink it down or you may handwrite it on the sheet.

Revision Center
Directions: Read the poem below. I’ve added and changed endings on words, changed the line-breaks, and made it look and sound like a paragraph in a story. Revise the poem as if it were your own- cut out extra words or endings and rearrange the line-breaks. Make two revised versions. When you are done, see Miss Mulhern when you are done to read the original.


I was standing at my window and all day I saw across the way, on someone’s windowsill, a geranium which looked like it was glowing red bright- it looked like a tiny traffic light faraway.

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