#walkmyworld Learning Event 4: Read and annotate Dawn by Dorothea Mackellar. Think about the imagery the poem creates. Create a visual, written, and/or audio text which best captures the essence of your dawn. Try and incorporate features of your landscape. You may want to link to a poem, poet, or song that is unique to your country or culture. your dawn.
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Firstly 1KB watched this short video to set the mood and tone: The children had to imagine they were just waking up and peeking out from their camping tents…
Then Mrs Booth read the picture book Dawn written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz and rich discussion followed after the first reading.
The students loved this book, especially the illustrations. They were absolutely still during the reading. Then it was their turn to create their poetic response. They brainstormed words as they visualised their Dawn and Mrs Booth wrote them on the board. The students then placed the words in order as they had to imagine themselves waking at dawn and the sequence it would follow. Would the ‘Sunrise’ be before ‘Orange’? Would the ‘Noisy birds’ wake the sleeping baby? It was wonderful to see them lead the learning and they could soon see that they were creating their own poem! Next, the students needed to become poets as they read the poem…this was difficult for some and easier for others as they tried to ‘feel’ the words and express them through their tone and pace of reading. Finally, they wrote their own words down on a small piece of paper and illustrated it. Mrs Booth had purchased some lovely ‘poetry’ boxes and each child placed their word in a box and together they built their poetry tower. The imagery on the boxes tied in beautifully with the words from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem ‘Dawn’ which was their next challenge.
In the afternoon 1KB listened carefully to the beautiful poem ‘Dawn’ by Dorothea Mackellar. They then annotated the poem by providing a selection of images for various descriptive phrases. Here is their annotated work. 1KB used Literary Genius: Please view using Google Chrome as Internet Explorer is no longer compatible.