Summer SAVY 2017, Session 5/Day 1- Poetry in Practice (Rising 4th/5th)
Gifted students are notoriously literal, so a poetry class can provide a fun challenge when it comes to encouraging students to use abstract thinking.
Fortunately, poetry’s imaginative qualities are balanced out by limiting qualities such as structure.
We started the day by loosening up our writing muscles by doing some free association writing exercises. Then we added some simple constraints such as basic rhyme schemes to help add more technique to our poems.
In the afternoon we worked on adding some more emotional weight to our poetry so we used some exercises to add emotional experiences to our writing. Then we added the pantoum structure to better funnel our emotional truth into art.
Mr. Quincy Rhoads