Thursday, March 5, 2009

Poetry Break: Poetry That Does Not Rhyme

Poem: Early Explorers

Written by: Marilyn Singer

From: Got Geography!

Anthology by: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Illustrated by: Phillip Stanton

Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2006

ISBN: 978-0-06-055601-3


Ask students to name some early explorers. Hopefully the responses will be different names of people such as Columbus, Magellan, etc. Ask students if they think there were others that explored new lands before these men. Tell them to think about your question as you read the following poem:

Early Explorers
by Marilyn Singer

No place on earth
is ever undiscovered

Even in Antarctica
where whole mountains are hidden
under ice
penguins already laid shambling tracks
in the snow
before we traveled there

The hottest desert
the deepest jungle
where none of us have ever been
all have been crossed
and crossed again
by wings whirring or silent
feet furred or scaled
hoofed or bare

By adventurers we will never know
explorers who will never tell us
what wonders they have seen


Have students select an animal. Have them pretend they are exploring a region no one has ever seen. What do they see? Give students a piece of paper and pencil, and have them write their own "Early Explorer" poem from the point of view of their selected animal.

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