Exploring the World of Poetry

Room 2 students have been busy delving into the world of poetry. Students were guided on a journey of discovery, as they developed a deeper understanding of poetry as a form of creative expression.

Read More

The learning intention was ‘to develop an understanding of poetry by exploring its structure, language and features’. Students had the opportunity to choose from one of four workshops run throughout the space of a week. Each workshop was designed to introduce students to a different form of poetry, while also giving them an opportunity to experiment and create their own poems. 

We kicked off the week with a workshop on blackout poetry. Blackout poetry is a great way for students to develop their imagination and creativity, as well as their language and literacy skills. We made our poems by using sharpies to black out most of the words on a page of text, leaving a few selected words and phrases visible. The remaining words and phrases were then arranged to make a poem. The process of creating the blackout poems encouraged students to look for meaning and connections between words, which is a valuable reading comprehension skill.

I wanted a challenge and it was a great experience to create the Blackout poem.

Found poetry workshop was on found poetry, where the students were given a collection of old magazines and newspapers and encouraged to cut out any words or phrases which caught their attention. Once they had a collection of words and phrases, they arranged them in a way that created a cohesive and meaningful poem. They experimented with different combinations of words until they found a structure and rhythm that they were happy with. Finally, all of the words were glued onto coloured card to share with others. Through the process of making these poems, students were engaging with literature in a new and exciting way, and discovering that poetry can be found everywhere, even in the most unexpected places.

You can express lots of different sentences with newspaper when creating poems using the found poetry process.

I found it hard to find the right words, but I was happy with my poem at the end after I reworked the order of the words.

Concrete poetry uses words and their physical arrangement to convey meaning. With a focus on ‘taonga’ students planned their poems by writing a list of the things that they value and treasure. Using the website ‘Language is a Virus’ students created a visual representation of their words. They experimented with different fonts and colours to create a design that reflected the theme of the poem and created a visual impact.

Finally, we had a workshop on autobiographical poetry. Autobiographical poetry allows students to explore their values and emotions through writing. We planned our poems by writing about our interests, needs and wants. This was then published on white paper which was folded like an envelope. Students decorated the outside of the envelope shape with their own designs that related to the content of their poem.

2024 Bucher

Jonas Bucher

I grew up on a farm near Whakamaru with my parents and four brothers. I have fond memories of growing up in the countryside and attending a rural primary school. My intermediate and highschool years were spent in Taupō, and I studied to become a teacher in Christchurch. I feel at home in Taupō, and am excited to be joining the Wairakei community.

My journey as an educator has allowed me to work both overseas, and in New Zealand in a variety of academic settings. I am passionate about learning, and love sharing this passion with the younger generations of today's world. My favourite thing about being a teacher is allowing students to spark their interests, pursue their curiosities and unlock their capabilities. I strive to create a positive and fun environment, in which children can thrive and grow.

Outside of school, I live an active lifestyle. I play football for Taupō AFC, and social cricket. I enjoy camping and travelling around the country with my partner Briana. I love spending time with my friends and family and being outdoors as much as possible.

Comments are disabled for this post.

Ready to enrol now? It's risk free