When teacher Jane Broadis shared a poem by one of her students, AO, entitled Dyslexia, little did she know it would go viral around the world with people in their hundreds of thousands praising the piece.
And on reading the poem, it’s hard to deny it packs such a powerful message in such a short number of lines.
Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder is when people may have difficulty with spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, “sounding out” words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads.
AO’s poem becomes a poignant poem on self-belief. Remember, read up!
The poem by AO, as posted on Twitter by teacher Jane Broadis:
Today in Y6 we looked at poems that could be read forwards & backwards. I was stunned by this one written by one of my 10 year olds. Please share – I would love her work to be appreciated further afield. I wonder if it could even find a publisher? pic.twitter.com/tmEQpiRrhq
— Jb5Jane (@Jb5Jane) February 27, 2019
My favourite part are the underlined words mirroring that of Microsoft Word telling you about spelling errors in the document. Subtle details that pack a punch!
- Check out our Poetry Page for lots of poems to use in your classroom
- Keep a poetry diary for kids to record read work – read more poems by favourite poets
- Adjective / Onomatopoeia word hunts
- Write a response verse from the perspective of a different character
- Write a response verse in a different style – nonsense, rhyming, haiku, cinquain etc. Does this change the poem?
- Think up of 5/10 Questions you would ask a character in a poem/the author
- Illustrate your favourite image from the poem – in black & white, colour.
- Storyboard the poem: each verse gets a scene
- Create a diorama of the poem out of recycling materials
- Illustrate a book cover/movie poster that could accompany the poem
- Write the poem using appropriate fonts / why did you choose this to reflect the poem?