Clips and Poetry

I have been doing this project with my students for a few years, and they always enjoy it. I wanted to make the poetry come to life, and in the past I had the students use Keynote to visualize a poem as they read it. But I discovered how Clips can transform how a student interprets a verse.

The benefits of using Clips:

- Can include pictures and/or video

- Live titles is an excellent accessibility tool for students with hearing issues

- Soundtrack can change the feel of the poem. Music can help the students in their interpretation of the poem.

- Narration of the poem

Clips is an easy and powerful tool, making the poetry units fun and enjoyable for the students.

This is a sample project from a group of my students. The poem is by Jacqueline Woodson.


All Comments

Posted on February 23, 2023

Wonderful example! Thanks Brian. Agree, Clips is a great tool for poetry.

Posted on February 24, 2023

Such a sweet poem. I always planned to do a color poem with Clips, but never got to do it with students. Super use of Clips.

Posted on May 04, 2023


Great idea and I'm going to try to use it but I do have one question:

Where do you have the students search for the pictures they use?

My District doesn't allow students free access to images online, even if they're on a Creative Commons website like Photos for Class or Openverse? It tends to be very hit or miss for some reason.

Posted on February 09, 2024

This is a great project idea and I can't wait to try it out with my students. I'm a virtual teacher and teach 4th and 5th grade ELA and our next unit is about poetry, so I'm excited to see what my students create. Thanks for the inspiration, and I really enjoyed your sample project! :)

Posted on March 06, 2024

This is a great way to make poetry come to life. What age group do you teach?

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