Crack! Sound Play

For the sixth and seventh graders at Bret Harte, poetry may be their last session for the day, but the energy generated each class is always palpable.

Starting with reflections on their favorite sounds, their least liked sounds, students engaged with sound play and inventing new onomatopoeia words, and identifying words so common we forget they are sounds outlined with letters– like CRACK!

After reading through several short poems, students came up with their own creative works playing with sound:


Noisy Class

by Genesis

I’m in class

My brain is thumping

Classmate beside me, just keeps yelling

someone’s on the other side

guess what he’s doing, he’s drawing


Ears going ring-a-ding-ding

papers flying

someone is yelling

I wonder who it is?

Oh wait! its Miss. Hamilton

I’m just doing my work

with absolute glee.


My Noisy House

By Carliyah

Car riding by: HONK!

while I try to walk pass.

My toe hit the wall: CRANK!

Water is running: SWISH!

As I’m focused on washing

every dish.



By Gio

I like woof woof, knock knock

I don’t like beep, beep

I hear a girl shouting

I hear waves splashing


What sounds make up your day?




“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.