This week we turn our attention outdoors to poems about all kinds of weather. Our sample poem for Week 9 is from Fourth Grade. It is by Susan Taylor Brown and is chock-ful of alliteration. Here's an excerpt.
When the Rain Falls
by Susan Taylor Brown
[Look for the rest of this poem on p. 195.]
1. Read this poem aloud pausing briefly at the end of each line for extra emphasis. Talk with students about how poets like to “make up” words (like “plash”).
2. Share the poem again displaying the text of the poem if possible and invite students to say three lines together for greater volume and emphasis: Line 2 (Thunder trembles), Line 7 (Rivers rise), and Line 12 (Rainbows reappear).
3. For discussion: What are the best and worst things about a rainy day?
4. Sometimes poets like to use many words that start the same (alliteration) to add to the sound of the poem. Challenge students to notice the use of alliteration (in EVERY line) and talk about how the poet sequences the lines in a logical order. Read the poem aloud together again inviting students to choose their favorite line and chime in when that line appears.
5. Link this poem with “My Dog” by Charles Waters (1st Grade, Week 9) or look for All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon.
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