Two Voice Poetry with The City of Ember

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I love doing poetry with my students.  I believe writing poetry makes them better writers and readers.  We keep poetry notebooks and we write poetry 2-3 times a week.  One of my favorite types of poems are two-voice poems.  We are currently reading the book, “The City of Ember”, by Jeanne DuPrau and we created a city-scape of the gray/black buildings in Ember with watercolors and watercolor pencils on half of an 8.5 x 14 sheet of paper.  On the other half of the paper, students create a picture of a brightly colored object of their choice.

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Students then write two separate eight-line poems, one for each of the pictures they have created.  These separate poems are written on blank 4 x 6 index cards.  We add borders in thin markers to each of the cards keeping with the color scheme of the painting and the poem.

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Next, students write the combined poem by alternating the lines of the two separate poems.  We write the merged poem on a sheet of white cardstock paper.  The students place the four items onto a background sheet of 12 x 18 construction paper.  Once they are compiled, I laminated them so they would stay together.  They look great in the hallway!

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Students love reading their two-voice poems aloud!  We read them many different ways, including: with a partner, on their own, as a table group, and even as a whole classroom.  They loved these poems and it was incredible how well the poems worked together even though they were so different separately!

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Why not try two-voice poetry in your classroom?  Use just about ANY topic!

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