A Color Poem

Teaching poetry can be a bit of a challenge, especially when students are highly resistant. I think one of the biggest challenges is getting students to realize how accessible poetry is and not all poetry is cryptic and needs to be analyzed to establish meaning.

With my seventh graders, not only do I have to convince them that poetry isn’t scary; I also have to convince them they are capable of writing poetry. As in more than one poem. As in more than one kind of poem.

I’ve found that easing them in with poetry patterns can give them the confidence they need to tackle poetry forms that take a little more finessing.

One of my favorite poetry patterns to help loosen them up and warm up to writing poetry is the color poem. Students choose the colors they wish to represent (I tell them they must choose at least four colors and each color must have at least two lines) and they must describe their colors in an interesting way. Plus, having students write poetry is a great way to have them practice using literary devices, particularly figurative language.

Here is an example of a color poem I wrote:

The Nature of Color

Green is the color of spring and
the promise of a new beginning.
It blankets the ground and climbs the trees.

Purple kisses the tulips and violets;
it flutters in the wind on the wings of butterflies.
It streaks across the sky and peeks
around the clouds at sunset.

Yellow is the warmth of the sun that gently
embraces the flowers in the spring and
warms the ground and inspires the plants to grow.
It makes us shimmer as we bask in its glow.

Blue is the sky; it hugs the universe
as it stretches beyond the mountains.
It is the perfect canvas that hangs above the horizon.

You should try it, too!

 

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