Do you remember learning rhymes and poems when you were younger? Poetry is a fun way to develop language skills, remember lessons, and share stories! However, surveys show that fondness for poetry fades as children grow older, with only 11.7 percent of the adult population reading poetry in the last year. Reading and writing poetry has several benefits for students, including increasing empathy, building vocabulary, improving public speaking skills, and chunking information into memorable pieces. So, how can we teach poetry to help our students develop these skills and maintain a love for the genre?
Project based learning is an entertaining and meaningful way to teach poetry to students. In A World of Poetry, students join a global community to learn about poems from around the world before creating a Showcase Project. Today we are excited to celebrate Lea from Texas, USA as our newest PenPal Star for her awesome work in A World of Poetry! Lea reminds everyone that poetry can be exciting. She not only did a great job reflecting upon poetry from different cultures, but also decided to create her own Showcase project that connects poetry with something she loves: art!
Check out her work in this project based learning example:
Lea: For my project I did design your own project. For this I wanted to show my interpolation of the poem through art. I choose three different poems for this project, all with a different theme. I decided to create an art piece representing each poem that would reflect the emotions of the poem.
It’s always exciting when students come up with their own project based learning ideas! By connecting poetry to art, Lea was able to analyze the meaning of the poetry at a deep level and share her interpretation with classmates around the world. Do your students interpret these poems the same way that Lea does? By learning about poetry from different perspectives, students develop reading comprehension skills and expand their understanding of the power of poetry.
The global connections that PenPal Schools offers is a great opportunity for our students to interact with students from many cultures and backgrounds. It enriches their learning by giving them new perspectives of the world.
In addition to learning with PenPals, Lea enjoys playing soccer and loves her school! We reached out to find out more about her experience with A World of Poetry:
PenPal Schools: What has been your favorite thing about learning with PenPals?
Lea: I enjoy seeing projects form other students from around the world and how they differ from country to country. [I learned] how cultures from countries around the world can be very different but that with an open mind, we can all work together and enjoy each other's cultures and ideas.
What was the most important lesson you learned in this project?
Lea: [I learned] how to analyze a poem and transfer it to a visual representation. It made me realize how powerful poetry can be.
What advice do you have about being a great PenPal?
Lea: Do your research and have fun while learning.
Why do you think it's important to learn with other students from around the world?
Lea: Because we can share different viewpoints and it helps you to open your mind.
Congratulations Lea! Your innovative project will bring new meaning to these poems for students around the world. Thank you for being such a great PenPal Star!
Want more project based learning ideas to teach reading? Check out these awesome PBL examples:
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