Alliteration, Personification and Quidditch: A classroom tour

Every now and then, I like to share out some of the projects my students are engaged with in the classroom. The past two weeks, we have been working on Figurative Language as we gear up for poetry, and then songwriting. I wrote a post about the use of hyperbole for tall tales over at TeachEng.Us last week. We also looked at comic books for Onomatopoeia, did some games around Idioms, reviewed similes and metaphors, and listened to color poems for Imagery.

For Alliteration, we worked on tongue twisters, using Dr. Seuss as an entry point into the crazy ways that words can make your tongue jump, twist and turn. Some of the students participated in a podcast of their tongue twisters, after I first shared out the twisters that I wrote for myself and the other three teachers on my team. I used a little Olympus voice recorder to move around the room.

Take a listen to our Tongue Twister Podcast

Then, for Personification, we talked about how it can be used for an entire story (Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, for example) or in a sentence. We created some sentences, got on the computers, and they had to illustrate one of the four Personification sentences that we composed. Here are some of the illustrations:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Finally, our school is in the middle of Quidditch season, and one art activity that we do with them is the creation of team t-shirts. I went into the art room with my camera to capture some of the work they were doing for our team: The Ice Legend.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Here is the shirt the kids are working on for me. I let them do what they want and hope they won’t embarrass me too much.

Peace (in student work),

  1. Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for sharing this work. The personification digital pictures are super cool. What program did you and your students use to create those? I’ve never seen the flickrSLiDR tool. That’s really neat how you can easily embed flickr slideshows right into a post. We are gearing up for the next [space], so please let your students know! The next space issue will bo “out” on 4.18.08. Students have already started submitting work via Youth Twitter. We are using Google Page Creator for our next issue.

    Thanks again for sharing! George

  2. Hi George
    We used MS Paint since that is all we have on our laptops. 🙂
    Looking forward to the New Space — and I hope I can have some student work ready in time.
    We are just about to start poetry.

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