I love poems for two voices, and this form is really fun for students to perform, discuss, and write.
Here’s a poem for two voices from In the Middle of the Night.
Try reading the poem out loud with two students or two groups. One is the voice of the flip flops, and the other is the voice of the winter boots. When the words are bold and in the middle column, both read together!
These poems can be great for discussing point of view and characterization. For some writing fun, you and your students could choose one summer item and one winter item and collaborate on a two-voices poem. Maybe hot cocoa and a milkshake could tell a poem, or a swimsuit and a parka. Think about how their experiences would differ because of when they’re used and let them share their dreams or complaints in a poem for two voices. These don’t have to rhyme, but make sure to focus on rhythm and reading aloud as you go! Have fun!
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]