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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.

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

October 25, 2012
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Six Room Poems

This term we have a focus on poetry. Our work is around poetic imagery and language rather particular types of poems. We’ve been using processes such as Word Scramble, Discovery Centres, Ordinary to Poetic and Personification in Poetry. We’ve also spent a lot of time using the six room process.

I learnt this at a PD I attended last year run by Sally Slattery. Over several weeks we looked at approaches to developing student’s world knowledge. One particular section focused on developing world knowledge through a poetry study.

The Six Room Image Poetry Process helps create poetry by showing students how to use a metaphor for  thinking about an experience, vision or object in different ways. They are guided through a series of visualizations starting in Room 1 where they simple think of an image, close their eyes see it and describe it. The following rooms involve looking at the same images and recording the light (Rm 2), next the sounds (Rm 3), any questions they may have (Rm 4)and then any feelings they experience (Rm 5). The final step (Rm 6) asks them to go back over everything they have recorded and look for a word, phrase or line that feels important and to repeat it 3 times.

When students record they responses I ask that they don’t simply write chirping (Rm 3) but record it as a phrase –  ‘the quiet chirping of birds in the distance‘ – as this will give them more to work with. I also ask they record three response for each room for the same reason.

Below are same results of our initial exploration of the process. You’ll also find more poems on the individual student blogs which you can access through Current Student Blogs list on the left hand side of this page. They are also recording their poems so they can place them on their sites as well. (the layout is because they are also exploring spacing and emphasis)

(Samantha)

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

Atticus

Jacob

Jack 

Declan 

Madeline

(Samantha)

It looks enormous

Sun on my skin

It sounds like people cheering

The summer sun

Do people all over the world come here?

I feel exited but nervous

The summer sun

But now the day must come to an end and now we must go home

The summer sun

Cian

Cian

Cian

Bright blue like my eyes and the sky

Dark purple like eggplants and passion fruit

Warm and sunny, the light hurts my eyes

Curl under the covers

Cat meow ”meow, meow”

Cat meow ”meow, meow”

What was this room for? Before I slept here?

How many people slept in this place? Before me?

Warm and soft

I don`t want to leave

Soft, cosy, warm

Soft, cosy, warm

Soft, cosy, warm

Soft,

soft,

soft

(Samantha)

(Samantha)

(Samantha)

An amuzment park,

Crazy, crazy, crazy,

A dark sky, light glowing, torches lighting the way,

Crazy, crazy, crazy,

Kids screaming like crazy, parents cheering, babies crying,

Crazy, crazy, crazy,

Why do children go out this late?

How are they screaming that loud?

Why are parent cheering to their kids?

Crazy, crazy, crazy,

I feel exited of this place,

I feel scared of the big rides,

I feel cared from my family,

Crazy, crazy, crazy.

(Layla)

(Layla)

(Layla)

Whoo, whoo, whoo

Black sky hissing smoke

How are they are they used? What do they do?

Whoo,whoo,whoo

Happy I was

Invited people.  Sreaming bright light

Whoo,whoo,whoo

Why were they made?

Black sky.

(Dieter)

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