Don’t Go into the Waters!

Today we started one of the favorite lessons for middle schoolers. The fear lesson! The Poets from Waters Elementary School read and discussed “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert service and “Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. We dissected the elements of story structure and what makes for a good scary poem, in addition to emphasizing the usual literary devices like similes and metaphors and rhyme. The poet’s discussed what scares them for our brainstorming activity to create ingredients for their stories. For this lesson the poets will work in groups of two or three or as individuals. Stay tuned!



“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.