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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Poetry Memorization (3rd Grade)

• To memorize the poem list throughout the course of the year, reviewing all previously memorized poems before starting a new one.
• Review 2nd grade poems after every other new poem.
• Discuss what the poet is saying with the poem, illustrate and copy the poem in the poetry notebook.
• This year discuss:

- simile: a figure of speech used to make a comparison between two things, usually with the words “like” "same" or “as”.

- metaphor: comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way.

- alliteration: the repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. ("poor but proud," "hale and hearty," "green as grass," "live and learn")

- onomatopoeia: a word or a grouping of words that imitates the sound it is describing, suggesting its source object, such as "click," "clang," "buzz," or animal noises such as "oink", "quack", "flap", "slurp", or "meow".
• Read about Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay and Kenneth Grahame for poet studies, complete a notebooking page about each poet throughout the year, one per quarter.

The Poems

First Quarter, Fall
Bird Talk by Aileen Fisher | metaphor
Merry Sunshine by Anonymous | onomatopoeia
Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson | onomatopoeia
Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bed in Summer* by Robert Louis Stevenson (poet biography)

Second Quarter, Winter
Animal Crackers by C. Morley | alliteration
The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson |onomatopoeia, alliteration
Furry Bear by A.A. Milne | alliteration
A Christmas Carol (move to Christmas time) |simile
Stopping by the Woods by Robert Frost (poet biography) |alliteration, metaphor

Third Quarter, Spring
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson | simile, alliteration
Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson |metaphor
The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson |alliteration
The Hayloft by Robert Louis Stevenson | alliteration, metaphor
The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poet biography) | onomatopoeia

Fourth Quarter, Summer
The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson | alliteration
Where Go the Boats by Robert Louis Stevenson | metaphor
Some One by Walter de la Mare | onomatopoeia
Song of Mr. Toad by Kenneth Grahame (poet biography) | alliteration
Psalm 100

*Bed in Summer has already been memorized but will be presented again. If I have anything identified incorrectly for metaphor, alliteration, simile and onomatopoeia, I would appreciate being corrected because in a way, this is my 3rd grade year again too.



my5wolfcubs said...

You're so good at planning ahead! :) I was given a copy of IEW's Poetry memorization book & cd (but haven't even looked at it yet)'ve inspired me to read through it!

When you're studying similes, a wonderful, wonderful picture book is High as a Hawk by TA Barron. All but 2-3 pages have a simile and the story will bring tears to your eyes. Goes along great with your nature study leanings, too!


Michele said...

A couple of years ago I ordered this CD
It is a really nice album, even my husband sings along. I wanted my dd7 to learn as many of RLS's poems as possible, and this has been a great way.

Michele b