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Expressive Literacy

Paint a Picture with Words

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July 19, 2020

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July 30, 2020

Using words instead of paint and a brush, your writing will come alive in bursts of color and texture as you learn to create a picture in the reader’s mind. From sonnets to epics to haikus and villanelles, you will learn about literature's most enduring types of poems. It will be down to you to decide on the message you want to convey, and the form of poetry which appeals most to you. You will be given the choice to use a writing prompt to make your ideas come to life by composing a poem using your newly acquired poetry writing techniques.

Using words instead of paint and a brush, children's writing will come alive in bursts of color and texture as they learn to create a picture in the reader’s mind. In this challenge children will learn about different types of poems, their characteristics, structure and history in order to raise students awareness of the power of poetic language. Poem types include, free verse, cinquain, pastoral, diamante, haiku, sonnets, limericks and nursery rhymes. Children will learn about passive writing and how to replace passive writing with active writing. Children will be taught how to use their five senses to add color and life to their writing. They will also learn about strong nouns and verbs and why we should use them. Another component of this challenge is figurative writing and how to make their writing jump off the page. It gives children an opportunity to create word pictures. As they gain more confidence in using words effectively, it will make them stronger writers in every genre of writing. After learning about the different types of poems and the characteristics of each, children will choose a form of poetry which appeals to them and compose their poems using their newly acquired poetry writing techniques. Writing prompts include but are not limited to; Where is home to you? Tell about a location or people you feel the most comfortable around. Describe a time when you were in nature and felt a connection with the earth. Write about your environment and how it moved you. Write a poem from your pet's perspective.