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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It's early Friday on the west coast. I am heading into a fifth grade classroom and get to teach poetry today.
Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading is hosting Poetry Friday. I am going to have to share her poem "What Does a Pomegranate Know" with my fifth graders today as I am using the prompt, "What Does a [your subject] Know?" I have been thinking of this prompt since reading an earlier version of Mary Lee's poem
>I've been thinking about this book of late. Joyce Sidman has a perfect mentor text,
"What Do Trees Know?
Michelle H. Barnes at Today's Little Ditty, interviewed her here and created a Deeper Thinking Poem Challenge.
In 2015, I wrote:
WHAT DOES THE RAIN KNOW?
by Jone Rush MacCulloch
What does the rain know?
Sponge clouds gathering moisture
School children running between raindrops
The pop-up gardens of umbrellas.
What does the rain know?
The wind whispering secrets
School children with open mouths catching raindrops
The beginning and end of rainbows.
Today I will be sharing this poem, two ways to do it with students. I'll show them my notebook wonderings. One way focuses on the senses the other focuses on strong verbs. I hopefully will get to confer with students and revise with them as we load them to Padlet which I will share next week.
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7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
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