Review Poetry and the Simile and the Metaphor

Goal: Review poetry appreciation, understanding, and some basic figurative language.

Procedure: In this activity children will compile a list of the things they look for in a friend and use that information to create a simple poem. Using a familiar topic may make poetry a little less daunting for some children.

WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT TO DO

  1. On the chalkboard, brainstorm with children a list of characteristics that make a good friend. Then explain that these characteristics will be used to create a free-form class poem. You may want to write the following sample poem on the board to get the class started:
    
    			 Good Friends
    
    			A good friend
    			Encourages you
    			Plays with you, 
    			Laughs with you,
    			Shares with you,
    			Talks with you,
    			Listens to you,
    			And NEVER, 
    			NEVER,
    			NEVER, 
    			Ever
    			Tells your secrets
    			To anyone.
    		
    			A good friend
     			is like a security blanket....
			
  1. Have children create their free-form class poem using some of the characteristics from the brainstorming list. Encourage children to illustrate their poems.

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