On March 18, 2011, Anthony and I (Dinah) held a poetry workshop with Ms. Balistrierei's fifth graders at Lloyd Street Global Education School.
We took a few minutes to inspect the student artwork lining the hallway until a student came to the door and told us they were ready. We stepped inside, introduced ourselves, and got started.
Each student received a pre-made booklet with four poetry exercises within. The first page asked the kids, "If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?"
The second page asked the kids to imagine what they would do if they really were that animal. They used adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.
The third page had the kids use the poetic convention of simile to think more deeply about their animals and how they relate to them.
On the last page, the kids made a rhyming poem about their animals. Even Ms. Balistrieri took a seat and participated in the workshop along with her students. Some of the poems turned out very funny!