Embodied Refrigerator Magnet Poetry
Workshop for grades 4th through 8th
This workshop is designed for large groups – whole grades of students can participate at once. Using crowd-pleasing activities like Mad Libs and other story creation tools as a warm-up, students get a silly but solid introduction to poetic devices and parts of speech. Students then generate powerful poetic language in the form of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, and exclamations. With the addition of some pronouns and prepositions, we have all the pieces required to play a big game of refrigerator magnet poetry. Student poets build sentences using their peers as placeholders for the words. This workshop is creative, collaborative, and the perfect blend of academic and recreational.