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December 12, 2017
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Six Room Poems

Today we looked at creating free verse poems using the six room process.

The rooms we used come from  Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard. In her book Georgia has some suggestions for other rooms which I’ve listed in a previous post (More Six Room Process Poems) but for beginners I suggest you start with the initial six. Finally remember these are free verse poms, many students get stuck on the rules of poetry they may have learnt in previously

Room 1: Think of a subject from nature—something amazing, beautiful, or interesting. Close your eyes and try to visualize it clearly. Notice details, and describe it as accurately as you can.

Room 2: Look at the same image, but just focus on the quality of light. Is the sun bright? Is it a dull, flat day? Are there any shadows? Describe any colors you see.

Room 3: Picture the same image and focus only on sounds. Are there any voices? Rustling of leaves? Sound of rain? If it’s silent, what kind of silence—empty, lonely, peaceful?

Room 4: Write down any questions you have about the image. Anything you want to know more about? Anything you wonder about?

Room 5: Write down any feeling you have about this same image.

Room 6: Look over the five rooms and select one word, or a few words, a phrase, a line, or a sentence that feels important and repeat it three times.

After the steps are completed use the words and phrases to create a free verse poem. You can change the order or even leave lines or words out rooms.

During this week you’ll start to find six room poems appearing on various student’s blogs. Links to their sites can be found to the left of this page under CLASS BLOGS.

August 26, 2015
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November 27, 2012
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More Six Room Process Poems

As our term’s work on poetry continues we keep coming back to the Six Room Process.
Through the process the class has been exploring how an author’s words create imagery and can set mood and tone. This has helped us discuss poetic elements such as sensory images, figurative language and rhythm or flow.
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
In her book Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School Georgia Heard suggests several additional rooms. (She also suggests that you could have 3 rooms to 13 rooms)
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
  • Describe smells associated with your image.
  • Describe what the image might feel like if you touched it.
  • Describe what it would be like if you tasted it.
  • If your image could speak, what would it say?
  • Include three different similies or metaphors
  • Weave a line from another poem into your poem.
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
Over at ebookbrowse.com Natasha Smith has a six room poem lesson plan pdf for any teachers interested in learning more.
six room poem lesson plan (natasha smith) pdf
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Click on the following names to hear students read their own poems:

Click on the following names to hear students read their own poems:

Afrah

Finn

Erica where am I

Erica rabbits break dancing

Dieter

Declan

Cian MCG

Cian Beach

Samantha

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