Let me hear what you got!

Poetry is meant to be shared. It is meant to be enjoyed by multiple senses. The poet is not only expected to be the writer, but also the voice. Certain poetic devices like alliteration and rhyme are meant to attract the ear of the audience as much as the writing is meant to envelope the reader. The students from Ms. Pannells’ 5th grade classes are given the opportunity to read aloud their work after they have written it. Here the students learn that sharing their poems is an important part of the writing process. Students learn from the work of their peers and have chance to critique and give praise. The poet also benefits from the time to read their work. 5th graders, probably more so than other grades, enjoy the time to give a piece of themselves, of their work, to their class. The poetry lesson offers the time for quiet while they write and for excitement when they share, in this way both the introvert and the extrovert student have their chance to partake in something that is fun and challenging for them. As one student expressed to me “It’s so much fun to read what I wrote! We never get to do that.”



“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.