Poetry Mobile

by Jimmie Lanley on January 16, 2010

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Poetry Mobile Front

Let’s just start with the grand finale! As a recap of all we’d learned over several weeks of poetry study, Sprite made a poetic devices mobile. This is an idea we adapted from a lesson in Learning Language Arts Through Literature.

At the top is the object Sprite chose to describe — her cat Maxie. Hanging down from Maxie are various examples of poetic language. She had the clever idea of using cat shapes from Cat Coloring Pages to write her poetic devices on. (Just print them 2 per page for a smaller size.)

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Poetry Mobile Back

You can see that one side has the type of figurative language and the other side has her example.

Maxie goes “grrrrr” at strangers.  / Onomotopeia

Maxie has the minimum skills to be a cat.  /  Pun

We used some lessons from LLATL to study poetry, but the bulk of our material was something I wrote myself. That unit study for poetry is available at Homeschool Share, and even though it’s been over there for a long time, we only recently completed it ourselves.

It is based on The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (click to read a full review) and goes through several poetic devices such as personification, alliteration, imagery, etc.

Here are Sprite’s use of personification and her notes on the same topic.

personification practice poetry personification

Here are photos of two of the free notebooking pages you can download over at Homeschool Share. The graphics are especially designed to match the poems to be copied.

poetry page poetry poem copied

SmallWorld's WordSmitheryWant more poetry links?

I’ve got a lens about poetry in homeschool.

And for more creative writing ideas, including poetic language, visit WordSmithery over at SmallWorld.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula January 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

What a great lesson and what a great format. We will have a big guinea pig instead of a cat. Many thanks for this.


Sarah at SmallWorld January 17, 2010 at 5:46 am

Great mobile idea! And thanks for the link love!
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DebD January 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

I love the mobile..they’re wonderful. I may try this with my youngest.
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Cindy January 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

I LOVE these ideas! Caleb is about ready for a poetry go around, which makes me SO glad you posted this! :o)
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Jimmie January 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

@Paula- Ooohh.. guinea pig! That sounds fantastic. 😉
@Sarah-You’re welcome, dear. Your writing series is well done. Glad to pass it on.
@DebD- If you try it, be sure to blog it and share a link. I want to see!
@Cindy- So glad that it inspires. I will look forward to seeing YOUR entry on poetry.


Amy January 18, 2010 at 6:05 am

I’m going to visit every one of those links 🙂 I just pulled our poetry stuff off the shelf. Until now, we’ve just read poetry regularly, and used some fun poems for recitation, but haven’t done much writing of it. So… I’m looking forward to seeing your lens as I always love them, and looking at the different resources you’ve mentioned 🙂

Amy in Peru
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Wendy January 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Ohhhhh…ahhhhhh… have I mentioned that you amaze me?? Sprite is learning so much, and in ways that will really help her remember. Thank you for the oodles of wonderful ideas!
.-= Wendy @ Sun-Kissed Scholars´s last blog ..Minnie Pearl West Burnside =-.


Lori January 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

So neat! We will be doing a dragon one!! My dd adores dragons… everything dragons!! NOW, she is excited about doing this project! 🙂 Thanks Jimmie, for keeping us all inspired.


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