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Driving Question: 

How can writers use creative language and “show, not tell” to share their ideas through poetry?

Language Arts
Grade 2

Students created a poetry book about Pokémon. Students started by learning about Pokémon on websites, games, apps and in books. Students explored different types of poetry and learned about poem structure and figurative language such as simile and metaphor. Using "juicy" words and stretching their thinking, students took big ideas and portrayed them in simple poems. Students then created poems on the Visual Poetry App and published them on iTunes.

Student Reflection

"My favorite part of the project was writing the haiku. The 5-7-5 was fun to think about but also challenging. I had to think about how many words and syllables for each part. Writing about Pokémon was fun and creative. I wrote about Charmeleon because he is a flame type dragon and he is as tall as me! There are a lot of facts about him that I could see but I had to put the most important things into the poem because the poem is not that long, only 5-7-5. This was my biggest challenge. I loved this project and want to write about another Pokémon!" - Brenden

"I liked Pokémon Poetry because it was a haiku and we could describe our Pokémon. It was like a riddle and I had to think of what I was writing about. It was fun trying to find clues about the Pokémon to put into my poem. It was tricky and we had to figure out the 5 syllables at the top and then 7 and then 5. This was different and it was a challenge compared to when we were writing just normal poems. After I was done I wanted to write about another Pokémon, but it is hard to choose which one because many of the Pokémon are so cute! Many people downloaded our book on iTunes and it feels like a lot of people really liked our poems. This was a very fun project and a new way to learn how to write haikus." - Olivia

"I think I really liked Pokémon Poetry because it was fun to learn about Pokémon and how to write haikus… like 5 syllables first, then 7, then 5. It was fun to find clues about each Pokémon so that I could write the poem. My favorite part was when we used the iPads to type our poems in cool letters and colors. It made my poem look like the Pokémon’s colors and a real published poem. Sorting out the syllables, like the 5-7-5 was tricky because in normal poems you write whatever you want, but this one was challenging because you had to find the right words that had the right number of syllables. I wish I could write another poem because there were other Pokémon that I liked and it was cool to put it on iBooks!" - Gianna

Student Products
  • Explore a variety of poetry to learn about figurative language and elements of poems.
  • Use Pokémon Go! and other Pokémon tools and websites to explore different Pokemon. 
  • Use Visual Poetry app to create poems. 
Teacher Reflection

Pokémon Poetry was one of those projects that students will remember in years to come. They really felt connected to it and the final product and steps along the way were something to be proud of. The project’s success stemmed from its authenticity and inquiry based foundation. Pokémon are important to second graders and the research process and tools involved made it authentic. It catered to their interests and each student had a choice in the Pokémon they researched. There was poetic creativity in the writing and in the use of the Visual Poetry app. Students looked for Pokémon experts in our classroom to share thoughts and ideas with. A sense of community and collaboration was felt throughout the project. There were literal blocks in the road… writers block for some and the fact that the app PokémonGo was blocked in China… but students worked through them. Volume 1 of Pokémon Poetry now has almost 500 international downloads on iBooks and plans for Volume 2 with next year’s students are in the works. The idea of writing a book of compiled poems for each of the Pokémon types was suggested by one student, and expanding on different types of poetry (not just haiku) was suggested by another. The project itself has so much potential and could be taken in many different directions!” - Logan Zeman


Logan Zeman