Verse Writing

In Theory, It’s One Big Brain Activity


                     A Metaphor  – Where Learning Takes Place
          By providing an environment for one to develop the skills to become more familiar with a particular writing structure – verse, as thought of in poetry and music includes metaphors, analogies and similes, and allegories as taught in 4th and 5th grade standards.  Specifically in verse structure the learner typically leverages their strength in story telling (narratives) and this actually is a good thing to express while learning.   Moreover, when it comes to using metaphors and similes, research shows that it is a physical connection in the brain.  In 2008 at The Commonwealth Club, George Lakoff an American cognitive linguist and professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley discusses concepts from his new book, The Political Mind.  In it, he says that, “a metaphor is recognized through a neuro-structure in the brain…every word in every language is defined relative to a frame” (Lakoff, 161).  Here we begin to see that metaphors play a very important role in how we all engage with the “world”, or depending on your fluency in metaphor, “worlds”.
          Other types of writings structures include paragraph writing, essay writing, report writing, academic writing, fiction writing, and legal writing which all have structures which define them.  And more writing structures can be categorized, however, the point is to develop literacy skills and strategies by becoming more familiar on how to use one writing structure that will set one up in acquiring additional literacy skills and become writers because of the freedom to be creative [verse writing] structures provide (Womelsduff, 23).  Moreover, Womelsduff used six criteria to guide her students into writing meaningful content that her students would use to evaluate each other with.  These criteria are:  ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions.  It was the students’ task to convey something that they were passionate about that is interesting using similes, metaphors, and correct syntax and punctuation whole presenting them in a very meaningful way (25).  These strategies were adopted, as a strategy to develop the best methods to get the learners to write metaphors of their own while creating Edubeats.
          After this activity, learners would have created meaningful writings.  And although not immediately a part of this activity, a supplementary activity would be to shape the learner’s writings to have proper vocabulary terms and grammar marks.  At least it’s a hypothesis that the learner will better receive this activity because the learner will be using their own writing, and hopefully it will continue their meaningful learning experience.

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