It's Poetry Friday and Carmela at Teaching Authors has all the details for today's fabulous poems. At Teaching Authors, there's a sneak peak of a very cool poetry STEAM project and a poem from Imperfect II.
I have been able to sub in the fifth grade classes at my former school. These students are pretty special as they were first graders when I retired. Some of them were in my "Poetry Rocks" afterschool club. And when I've subbed during the last four years, they have had poetry lessons. I have watched them grow as poets.
These two classes did the Color Poem and Art project with a 4 x4 square of a monochromatic collage. It's been fun to bring in some of the papers I use in my art for the students to choose from for their project.
Welcome to Poetry Friday, hosted by Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup. She has a fabulous post with Mom filled poems and remembering her mom is photos.
I love this: "What we wouldn’t give for just one more sip of our mothers’ unconditional love." Absolutely, Jama.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of subbing in a library and the teacher librarian asked if I would do poetry with the fourth and fifth grade classes. Who's going to turn that down? I've been thinking about ways to use Sylvia Vardell's and Janet Wong's, Things We Do, as mentor text. When you have to teach in a thirty minute class, it's almost like a poetry slam.
I created a quick presentation of four slides, share a couple of poems from the book. (I really love Jack Prelutsky's "Eat"), introduced and guided the students through writing a skinny poem. One thing about these poems is flexibility. Technically, a skinny poem only allows for one word in lines 3, 4,5 and 7, 8, 9 but we flex that rule little.
Congrats to Karen Edmisten. She won a copy of Imperfect II. Please email me your address.
Poetry Friday is being rounded up by Kat at Kathryn Apel today. Kat is sharing the release of her new book, What Snail Knows amid a stormy week of weather and war in Ukraine.
Today I headed to the school of a teacher library friend to teach in her library for half day. I was greeted by the school principal. "Would I please teach in a fifth grade classroom? Twenty-two staff people out and about half the jobs unfilled, " she said. I don't really teach in classrooms outside my former school but I said yes as I was scheduled to see only two classes for library. I told the principal that would be teaching a poetry lesson. She was fine with that decision. She gave me the class list, informed me that there would be an assistant in the room and that she and the associate principal would stop in on occasion.
In February, I attended via Zoom a workshop with Taylor Mali. I have been itching to try this poetry lesson, Slam Mad Lib Poetry .
I decided that with this class a brief lesson on concrete nouns versus non-concrete nouns (thank you, Paulann Peterson for you workshop)and describing words would be helpful.
Then we used the directions by Mali to create our poems. Students came to me when finished so that we could get them on Padlet. For me, Padlet, provides a visual and way to do a quick revision. It was a great morning.
. Happy Friday. Happy poetry. Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference. Tabatha shares a fabulous puzzle poem while rounding us all up.
Heidi from the Inklings suggested that we using the “The Lost Lagoon” by Mohawk poet, Emily Pauline Johnson (d. 1913) “to build your own poem FOR CHILDREN about a treasured place that you return to again and again (geographical or metaphorical).”
#PoetryPals challenges us to write a poem inspired by something overheard.
Last Friday, I taught fifth grade. It was a day of eleven students (thank you, surge). These fifth graders were first graders the year I retired. After students write a draft, I have them meet with me to put on Padlet which is an opportunity for a mini-revision.
Enrique brought me his poem, saying he didn't think it very good. It was a perfect opportunity to share with him and the class my interaction with Janet Wong regarding my "Zoom" poem and how it was revised to what appears in the book. As teachers sharing our little moments of revisions in own writing helps students to see that revision is a part of the process.
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I felt like I was riding a bike with training wheels last Friday. I was asked to sub for a teacher at my former school. The last time I subbed for this teacher it was in first grade. He now teaches fifth grade. Many of his first graders are in his class and were they excited to know that we would write poems.
I decided to try Ekphratic poems. Using the photo fromMargaret's post and Lee Bennet Hopkins book, WORLD MAKE WAY: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum, and a couple of my own photos, we dove it.
I shared Irene Latham's "This is the Hour" from the book and Lee Bennet Hopkins poem and "Endgame". We also talked about what we noticed on the Dragonfly wing photo as well as the two photos below. I then provided some scaffolding for creating a poem and let the students choose. Students took to the "Why" poem format that Margaret recently used with students
Cooper asked to write his own poem after he wrote one for one of the photos. He said he wants to be a writer.
I think he understand line breaks.
I revised with students using Padlet. Did you know that you can print from Padlet? That was my new learning last week.
Xavier wanted to write his own poem. He and I worked together as he read his poem as I wrote it down.
Please note: Ellie's poem needs a revision but I have not heard back on a couple questions I have for her.
All photos and poems in these blog posts are copyrighted to Jone Rush MacCulloch 2006- Present. Please do not copy, reprint or reproduce without written permission from me.
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7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
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12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
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18 Patricia at Reverie
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