In my year 8 class, we have been studying poetry this term. Some classics and some contemporary poems. Throughout the unit, students have been given opportunities to perform poetry, respond to poetry and to write their own poetry.
We have spent some time reading poetry that captures the beauty and majesty of nature. Students have considered how poets use techniques to create vivid, arresting imagery and evoke emotions. In order to give it an authentic quality, we have spent time listening to poets read their works. We have also performed poetry.
In the last week, our class has created an anthology of poetry and they’ve performed and recorded a reading of their own poetry. We used GarageBand to record the files and they’ve uploaded them to their English folder.
They have also created their own digital inspiration board, collating all the beautiful photographs, paintings, imagery, words, quotes, poems, proverbs, psalms etc that inspires them to live a wonderful, happy and creative life. In getting them to create a digital inspiration board, bringing together the many facets of the unit, they are learning how literature and art can inspire them to live a wonderful, creative and happy life.