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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 3, Day 1) – Poetry in Practice

Posted by on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.


Gregory Orr writes that there are four temperaments in poetry. These four elements don’t have to all be present in a poem, but several should be to make a good poem. Today we learned what these four temperaments are–story, structure, music, and imagination–and we examined poetry that uses these elements.

We read poetry by Emily Dickinson and Carolyn Kizer and examined how they use structure and imagination to get their points across.

We also took some time to work on our own writing quite a bit today, too. We practiced turning off our inner editors–that voice in our heads that makes us shy when writing–through freewriting as well as writing pantoums (and lipograms.