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  1. Heidi B
    November 6, 2019 @ 12:52 pm

    I love this activity thank you so much for sharing Ellis. I note that you’ve thanked your friend Roisin Heraghty for inspiring the bubble prints. Would it be ok for me to try the same process with my group of SEN students please? Also, would you be willing/able to share anything about the process of writing the poetry, because those poems are something else! Yours hopefully and gratefully, Heidi

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  2. Eilis H
    November 7, 2019 @ 6:12 pm

    Hi Heidi,
    I’d love it if you were to try this with your students! It gets quite messy but hopefully that’s part of the fun 🙂

    The poem is based on an idea I got during some training at the National Gallery. We started the poetry process by looking at the painting closely together. The children worked in small groups to list adjectives describing what they could see (objects, people, emotions etc.). Each adjective was written on a strip of paper. We then shared ideas and the children had a chance to add any new words to their selection. Each child then chose 5 adjectives that they liked and wrote a line of poetry based on each one, again on strips of paper. When I modelled the process, I encouraged them to use different openers and sentence types. Once they had their five lines, they moved the strips around to find the best order. I then showed them how to remove superfluous words to make the poems more dramatic and they had a go at editing theirs. The last step was to add a title.

    I hope that helps and that you have fun with it!
    Eilis

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