Using Personal Poetic Expression to Enhance Reading and Writing
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Students rarely have the opportunity to become imaginative and creative on their own, finding ideas for that is quite simple. Journal writing. We have said to children or heard it said on occasion how wild, vivid and peculiar the imagination children are apt to have. My students will put that creative imagination to use. Journal writing. They will write about their observations. They will jot down their inner thoughts and fears. They will write down phrases and/or sentences in their journal. Most students are familiar with journal writing, so it will not be too difficult to use them in the classroom. The only task required in journal writing is allowing my students to write freely and with ease.
I will use journal writing with my students often. These journal entries will be used as collectors of phrases, sentences and expressions that will become the foundation for future writing of poems. Journals are a resourceful, tangible book for my students. There are no restrictions about what to write in them. Educators, please be aware that journal writing of thoughts and ideas are those belonging to your students. Allow time for your students to "share" aloud their thoughts from their journals, some students may NOT want to share aloud. Respect their right to privacy so that they'll be more comfortable to write their thoughts through poetry. As the entire class writes inside their journals, I will walk around the room to see that they are on task.