Write a poem from a new perspective.
Remember the lovely “What My Name Means” poem by Jennifer Dignan in the September issue? It was one of our personal faves and the most popular writing contest this year. For the contest, students were asked to write and illustrate their own “What My Name Means” poems. Have your students create and illustrate another such poem, but with a new spin:
Have students pick their favorite person or fictional character—or animal!—that they met in the pages of Scope this year. Then have them complete the “What My Name Means” Guiding-Writing activity, only this time, writing from the perspective of the person, character, or animal that they chose. It could also be fun for students to write from the perspective of a character from a novel they read in class or an important person or group of people that they learned about this year.
After writing, revising, and editing their poems, students can illustrate their poems. They can use Dignan’s poem as a model and add doodles related to their poem or they can come up with their own illustration concept.
Host a poetry slam in your classroom and invite students to share and read their poems aloud.