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That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry

 

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That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry

Grades 6 – 8
Activity Time That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry
Activity Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Summer is a time for going to the park, playing baseball with friends, and watching games in the stands with hundreds or thousands of fans. In this activity, children and teens use their experiences playing or watching sporting events (or other types of outdoor games) to write poems that are full of the sounds of the games, practicing the use of onomatopoeia.

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Why This Is Helpful

Children and teens are more likely to feel excited and engaged in their writing if they write about their own experiences. When introducing them to new concepts such as onomatopoeia, it helps if they have heard the sounds they plan to put into words. This activity also encourages writers who tend to be more visual to include illustrations with their poems, making poetry writing even more fun and personally motivating.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry."

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