Thursday, August 08, 2013

By Definition: Poems of Feelings

Thanks, Jennifer Chumley, for a poetry book for older students.
Holbrook, S., & Mattern, S. (2003). By definition: Poems of feelings. Honesdale, Pa: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
In this specialized poetry book, Sara Holbrook writes forty poems that take us into the emotions of the preteen and teenager. With titles such as “Doubt”, which takes us into the insecurities of a young person and “Love”, which delves into the different types of love,  these rhyming poems take us into the myriad emotions young people may feel. In   Figurative language is utilized in the form of a metaphor in the poem titled ‘’Labels,” where Holbrook compares a person to “a chunk-style vegetable soup.”  For someone struggling through puberty or hoping to understand emotions, these poems are a wonderful accompaniment.
Curriculum Connection: Students can utilize the same technique the author used to write a poem about an emotion they have felt.
Standard: RL.9.10 10. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Big Question: How does Sara Holbrook use the technique of rhyme to enhance the quality of the poem?

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