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Multimedia Poetry Analysis

November 12, 2014
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

We don’t often think of poetry analysis as being a multimedia endeavor, but Mrs. A’s grade four class has proven us wrong. Using iPads and the app Explain Everything, even young students can now share their poetry analysis process in a new way.

Not only did the students do traditional poetry analysis tasks of marking literary strategies such as metaphor, simile, rhyme scheme, and more; they drew pictures which gave their audience actual illustrations of sensory words. They also narrated their entire journal so that their audience can hear their passion for poetry.

Poetry was meant to be read and celebrated, but classrooms traditionally make poetry an isolated paper and pencil endeavor. By creating these multimedia poetry analysis journals, the students of Mrs. A’s class have breathed new life into poetry and are able to demonstrate to their audience their insights into poetry.

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2 Responses to Multimedia Poetry Analysis

  1. Himani Verma on November 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

    What a lovely idea!! As a teacher of English it is on my wish list to have students explore poetry and analyse it using technology. We did have an Ipad training where I inquired about the use of stylus’s for the teacher to annotate and highlight certain things. Unfortunately, I did not find many answers.
    Therefore my delight at your students being able to use ipad tools to analyse. However, I looked, but am unable to see what tools your students used and how they did the analysis?
    Would love to be able to share your resources.

  2. Robin Montgomery on November 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Hi Himani,

    The students used Explain Everything on their iPads.

    Were you able to see the YouTube video showing the work?

    It seemed to make poetry personal for the students.

    Thanks for your comment,


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