Concrete Poetry

For our third poetry lesson, we focused on concrete (visual) poetry. This form of poetry is where the words on the page form the shape of the thing that the poem is about. After reading a poem in the shape of a tree by Padma Venkatraman and a poem in the shape of a cat pawprint by Gemma Lovewell, we talked about visual ways we express ourselves and how we can do that on the page. Students were encouraged to be creative with their poems and think out of the box. They were also encouraged to choose their favorite foods! Here is what the 5th graders came up with!

Mrs. Childs and Mr. Goldner’s Classrooms

Pizza Heart by Rashel
Swishy Fishy by Angela
The Big Mac by Jonalex

The Animal in Me by Bitou

The Power of Friendship by Ajsel
Old House/Past Tears by Brigid



“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.