Reflection: ELL Students Winter Poems - Section 2: Explore with Writing


Science poetry allows all students to find their voice because the emphasis is on relating what they see or feel about a topic or experience.  I do not allow inaccuracies but they are free to find their own descriptive voice in describing the winter weather of the chosen climate regions.  The grins on the faces of my ELL students when, after I said, "Yes, of course!" to their queries of, "Can I say this?  Can I compare the snow to an animal? " and so on were all continued evidence i need to show me that this is a freeing medium for students who struggle with language, students who are learning a second language, as well as my very fluent, vocabulary rich students.  Poetry offers something to everyone if one remembers not to take it too seriously.  That's the joy of children.  They are not pretentious.  They write authentically without affecting any airs about it.  What a delight!

Here is an example of a poem written by one of my second language learners:

  Poetry for English Language Learners
  ELL Students: Poetry for English Language Learners
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Winter Poems

Unit 15: Writing, Reading and Science
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT to use descriptive writing to convey main ideas about the differences between winter in two different climate regions.

Big Idea: Students will express factual informational information about climate in descriptive poetry.

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Science, climate, expository text
  60 minutes
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