Teaching personification to the children in third grade can be an exciting way to introduce writing free form poetry rather than teaching forms. It is also a great way for the students to see beauty of word choice which poetry so often does for writers at this stage of development. Today (2/17/2011), we read “The Voice of Dawn” by Erica Fairchild.
The Voice of Dawn
The Voice of dawn
Whispered as it crept
Through the blackness,
Its silvery voice
Breaking the shadows.
The students then wrote their renditions which will be added in the comments section. I shared my poem to give them an example of an object from the classroom to personify.
The Voice of the Flag
The voice of the flag
Whispered as it waved
Ever so gently, above the heads of the children
”Love your neighbor as yourself and be loyal to the truth that all men are
Using the above lesson, we will research Earth Day, when it was started and what Mother Earth feels, thinks, says, smells, as global warming threatens valuable resources.