Education Technology

NCTE: The Sounds of Summer

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

After sharing an example of onomatopoetic poetry, the teacher leads students in a brainstorming discussion about onomatopoetic words. The class goes outside to write poems about the sounds of summer; and then sit in a circle and share their poems.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Ask a student to read aloud the Walter Dean Myers' poem, "Summer," published in the 1996 book, "Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses." Review the definition of onomatopoeia; place the transparency titled "What is Onomatopoeia?" on the overhead projector. Use examples of onomatopoeia from the poem to initiate a discussion in which the class brainstorms a list of onomatopoetic words. Write the list on a transparency on the overhead projector. Instruct students to duplicate the list in their notes.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck and NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will understand the form and function of words (Author's note: specifically onomatopoetic words), phrases, and clauses.

    After the Activity

    Ask students to sit in a circle and share their poems. They can read right from their devices or you may chose to have students go through a revision process and have the reading on a different day. While one student reads, the others use the LearningCheck file (Rubric) to evaluate the poem. All students will complete the "Reflecting On What You've Done" Section of the LearningCheck file.