This week many of my students heard and discussed The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. We discussed Longfellow's use of imagery and how this poem influenced our culture. Most people don't know that there were other riders that night or that Paul Revere didn't complete the ride. His legacy is due to Longfellow's poem. This week we also took time to complete acrostic and concrete poems. We have concentrated on word choice, using interesting instead of overused words. We have also added onomatopoeia to our Poetry Toolboxes!
I've been reminding the students that they need to be working on memorizing their poems for the Poetry Cafe coming up on November 16, 17, 18, 21, and 22. They only have four weeks left to prepare for their presentations.