Creative Hunt: Pictures of Practice
What does the routine look like in action?
Using the routine to explore poetry
Ulrica Andersson, grade 4, Lemshaga Akademi
To prepare for their upcoming unit on poetry, the students in Ulrica Andersson's class interviewed a parent about poerty. They asked following questions:
- What is poetry?
- How do you recognize a poem?
- What are they usually about?
- Do you usually read poems? Why/why not?
- How should a good poem be, what do you think?
With these questions in mind the class turned to the Creative Hunt routine to explore poetry fro themselves. Ulrica began by asking students to think about the purpose of poetry: What is the goal with poetry? Why does it exist? Why do we write poems and why do we read them?
Target image used in Creative Hunt
Student ideas were made visible using a target diagram. After students considered the purposes of poetry they were asked to think of the parts of poetry, and audiences for poetry. Scroll down to read student responses. After ideas about all three questions were documented on the board, students considered what they now thought about poetry. It was agreed that
that "poetry is something important that concerns many people in many different ways." In subsequent lessons, students worked on writing their own poetry.
Purpose You write poetry because:
You want to be a writer
You want to tell something with funny and beautiful words
You want to tell about feelings
You want to express your feelings
You like to write
You want to get away to another world, dream away
It is a more pleasant way of writing
You want to give a poem to someone
You read poetry because:
You think it is amusing to read
You like words in poems
You think it is beautiful reading
You think it is relaxing
You can recognize a feeling
You get inspiration for your own writing
You want to get to another world, dream away
What are the parts of poetry ?
Short lines, or short and long, mixed
About for ex. love or nature
Divided into verses
Not whole sentences
No unnecessary words
Can explain things that are hard to tell
Then I helped them to find out that rhythm is an important ingredient.
Who is the audience? For whom is the poetry?
For all who want to read
For someone you like
For the writer him/herself
For someone who understands how you feel
For someone who recognizes him/herself