Last week we began our study of poetry with a simple discussion focused on four questions:
1. What do you already know about poetry?
2. What do you like about poetry?
3. What do you dislike about poetry?
4. How can learning change our thinking about poetry?
Students discussed these questions at their team tables, and then after some time shared their answers with the whole class. I took notes on the board (see pictures for each class below) to gather this information as our starting point for our study of poetry. As we study poetry--learning about elements of poetry, reading lots of poetry, analyzing poetry, comparing/contrasting poems--it will be interesting to see how (if at all) the answers to these questions may change. That reflection won't come until the end of the quarter though, so stay tuned.