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Find Your Poetic Voice: Flex Class

In this 4-week class, students will learn how to use imagery, figurative language, and emotions in four poetry writing exercises.
Janelle Fila
883 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 9 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Sun, Dec 4

Dec 4 – 31 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Class Experience

Week One: This week's videos explains why the writing advice to "show, don't tell" is especially important in poetry. I will post different emotions in the classroom Monday-Friday. The students will respond with short scenes that describe that emotion. By Saturday, students should post their own short poem crafted from their own chosen emotion without using the word anywhere in the description. The other students and I will use the description language clues to guess the emotion the poem describes. 

Week Two: Students will learn about "Remember" poems that use memory to create strong emotions and vivid images. Throughout the week (Monday-Friday), I will post Remember poems for the students to read and review. I will also post an I Spy challenge and ask the students to list one specific poetic device (like a simile or metaphor) they can "spy" from the week's reading. By Saturday, the students will post their own Remember poem and receive constructive feedback from myself and encouraging feedback from their peers on the images and emotions they've created (specifically using the lessons learned in Week one). 

Week Three: Students will learn how to use a letter poem to express emotions of anger, frustration, or injustice. On Monday, students will generate a list of items (big or small) that bother them that they might want to write about. By Thursday, they will have narrowed the idea down to one specific title. By Saturday, they will post their letter poem for continued feedback. Throughout the rest of the week, I will post letter poems for students to read and use for their weekly I Spy challenge.

Week Four: Students will learn to write an ode to an item that they enjoy and want to praise. Throughout the week (Monday-Friday), I will post odes for the students to read and use for their weekly I Spy challenge. By Saturday, students will post their ode for the final round of feedback. At the end of class, I will ask students to be brave and record themselves reading their favorite poem that they wrote this week. While it is optional to post a video in the classroom, I will encourage students to take pride in the work they've accomplished and share it in a safe environment for a positive response.  
I have a Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults and recently spent time exchanging poetry with poets from my graduate school. I have always been drawn to reading and writing poems and novels-in-verse. I have poems published in the Young Adult Review Network, Proud to Be: Volume 3, The Louisville Review, and the Round Table Literary Journal. I have taught a Writing Prompt class for this age group on Outschool for two years and I love when my students ask about writing poetry or want to learn more about poetic elements. I think this group will be a super fun way to experiment with poetry in a safe environment and help young writers understand that they don't have to be scared of poetry. It isn't only for adults and it can be a really awesome way to express yourself. 
Each week students have one video to watch, daily writing activities and one weekly poetry writing assignment. There are also weekly poems to read (or watch/listen to). 
I will be posting many online links for the students to read poems or listen to them as spoken word on YouTube.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The more students post in the classroom, the more I'll be able to assess their understanding of the week's topic (like showing instead of telling). Students can always post questions in the classroom if they are unsure of the assignment or need help narrowing down a topic or a title. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Poetry is emotional by nature and we will be focusing on emotions like sadness, grief, anger, love, etc. I will do my best to make sure all of the poetry examples are age appropriate and abide by Outschool's guidelines, but students could expect to see some raw emotions and uncensored emotional writing from their fellow students. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
883 total reviews
715 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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