Listening to the World: Sound Poems

My ears were filled with sound when I visited Bret Harte 2nd graders for our second session. The classroom was alive with sounds of chairs scraping the floor, and pencils rolling and falling from the tops of desks.  I also noticed sharp whispers of papers being shuffled and passed-out and written upon; and little gurgles of excitement whenever a student could barely wait to be called on before answering a question! When discussing some of our favorite sounds, our list included: music, birds singing, dogs barking, beat-boxing, wind, rain, and snaps! What is your favorite sound?

Ms. Holman
2nd grade 

Sounds of People
Ivan H.

I hear people dancing stomp! stomp!
I hear people talking in the lunchroom blah! blah!
I hear people snapping snap! snap!
I hear people typing on computers click! click!

Madison’s Sounds
Madison C.

I was hearing video games at my home.
I always hear my uncle yelling because
his team loses in basketball


Dominic’s Sound Poem
Dominic W.

I hear kids screaming in the gym about a basketball.
I hear foot stamps of people running in a race.
I hear people talking about school.
I hear people watching a scary movie, I hear weapons.
I hear a clock tick tock.


Kaden B.

I hear footsteps.
I hear yelling.
I hear banging.
I hear barking.
I hear my turtle trying to climb up her rock.


Class Collaborative Poem 

we hear the sounds of
teachers at school talking about
how we are going to do poetry
people yelling outside
they are having an argument
it feels scary and sad
and frustrating.

we hear the sounds of
dogs barking
one dog always barks at other dogs
to get attention roof! roof!






“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.