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Concrete (Shape) Poems

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Although poetry is generally featured in April as part of National Poetry Month celebrations, our curriculum is structured with poetry lessons throughout the school year. Our lessons so far have focused on various aspects of poetry, such as form, types/styles, language, meaning, and rhyme. For our latest lesson, I introduced the concept of concrete (or shape) poems. These are named so because the poem is done by writing words in the shape of the poem’s meaning (or main theme) to reflect visual movement. Our lesson featured examples using the shape of a circle, a square, and a spiral, as well as a poem about a child climbing stairs and one about going up and down a playground slide. It was a fun, new way to look at poetry.

After the lesson, I had my son come up with his own concrete poem. He chose the shape of a star. Here’s a sample of what he did:

shape poem

I also plan to expand our lessons by introducing specific poets and studying their work, which will transition into next year’s curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be discussing their themes, format and style. Some of the poets we’ll be studying include William Blake, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti and Edgar Allan Poe.

Related Resource:

Poetry Printables from Scholastic.com (PreK-8)


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