Communal Noun/Verb Poetry

Exley, Beryl (2016) Communal Noun/Verb Poetry. Tadpoles in the Torrens: Teachers' Edition.

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In 2013, the Exley family escaped the rat race for 6 months, touring around Australia in a caravan. Alicia (aged 12) and Luke (aged 8) took turns to write blog posts, many of which turned into chronological recounts of one adventure or another. However, on Day Forty, after unhitching the caravan at the Ranger Station in Kakadu National Park and packing our pup tents, our early morning drive to Gunlom (93 km south from Mardugal) via the 4WD only track generated so much conversation, I thought it prudent to pen our first ever communal ‘Noun/Verb’ poem. To give this vignette some context, I have to explain that the road was in a state of relative disrepair after the unseasonably big rains in March, 2013. Each entry to the poem provides a noun, followed by an ‘ing’ verb. This form of poetry allowed observations and reflections to flow freely throughout the day, without the perpetual problem of finding a sentence starter, clause joiner or avoiding the habitual ‘Then we went…..’ when writing chronological recounts. As a community of poets, much of our discussion centred on limiting each line to four observations, finding some rhythm and careful vocabulary choice.

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ID Code: 96779
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Poetry, English curriculum, Grammar, Noun, Verb
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2016 22:15
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 22:19

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