Last week I got to visit my friend Amy in Austin, Texas. It was my first time to Austin and I absolutely loved it. The music, the restaurants, Mozart’s Coffee Shop along Lake Austin, a perfect spot for writing, and the roadside fields covered in bluebonnets. I also will not forget the “BBQ Gospel Brunch” at Stubbs. We had such a wonderful time. On one of my last days we wandered into one of Amy’s favourite vintage shops where we came across this little sign. I was reminded how playful and delightful personification can be.
With Spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to revisit personification to craft your own poem. It’s fun to play around with different poetic tools to discover what works best for you. Personification is a perfect tool for fifth and sixth graders. They always enjoy giving inanimate objects human personality traits and they do it so naturally. After reading and discussing many different poems you can have your students attempt to personify an object, a personality trait, a season. or a month of the year. It’s an writing activity I had my students doin their journals during writing workshop. Below is my poem that I wrote to model the process and two of my students’ poems. I hope they bring a smile of April poetry delight.