There are many things I love about teaching 8th grade at St. John’s Lutheran School. 8th grade is such a special year. Special privileges, the Washington DC/ NYC trip, the 8th Grade Play and that “top of the hill” feeling that all 8 th graders experience. But, my absolute favorite is teaching the poetry unit in 8th grade Language Arts class.
Poetry as a communication style has survived the test of time. Even now – maybe especially now – with all of the “quick” forms of communication we employ (email, text, tweets, instagram, snapchat stories) a poem can slow us down and capture our complete attention. A poem can launch us into future dreams, conjure up a full range of feelings, or call to mind special remembrances.
Poetry starts inside our being and, after the words come out, the real joy can come from carefully editing and revising the poem until it is more than communication. It is a work of art.
In my poetry unit, students get an opportunity to try their hand at many different forms of poetry. They teach each other the elements and forms of poetry, write their own poems, and learn appreciation for songs – poems set to music. The 8th graders display their poems on poetry posters in my room during Expression Explosion.
But enough from me, let’s hear from our 8th grade poets!
By: Mrs. VB, 8th grade