|Multiple Intelligence Projects|
|A Pocketful of Poems
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Clarion Books, 2001
|Verbal / Linguistic||Write haiku, of course! Remember that the 17-syllable format is sometimes altered a bit for modern writers, but that trying to stick as close to the format as you can. One technique to really make a haiku work is called personification. Personification is when you make an object (like a stick or a lamp) do what people do. Ms Grimes uses it in several of her haiku like this one:
Mama’s window box-
purple flowers shout the news.
Finally- it’s spring!
The flowers shout is the personification part. On the worksheet below, try to write some images using personification. Then, take your favorite and write at least two haiku.
|Logical /Mathematical||Haiku word problems!
1. If you have four haiku poems how many syllables do you have total?
|Visual /Spatial||Create a collage, of course! Javaka Steptoe uses cut paper and found objects to create the remarkable illustrations for the book. Choose one of the haiku you wrote, and create a collage of your own to illustrate. Be creative! Look at old things in new ways-this is, after all, what poets do too!|
|Body / Kinesthetic||Memorize your favorite haiku from A Pocketful of Poems and recite it in front of the class. Be sure to practice at home, and remember to speak loud enough for all to hear.|
Using small hand instruments (or even fingers on desks), tap out the rhythm of the haiku as your teacher reads the book aloud. Notice how it sounds like a song, and talk about how poetry and songs are very similar in their use of rhythm and stresses.
In pairs, create a poster about one of the following topics:
How a picture book is created
|Intrapersonal||Write a journal about what you learned during the unit about A Pocketful of Poems. Answer these questions: What specifically did you learn? What were you surprised by? What was your favorite part of the project? Creating the collage was…..|