Class 4: Virtual Class for February 10, 2010

Powerpoint: Got Peotry Response

I have not actually had alot of experience with writing peotry with children. My Kingdergarteners and I have read peotry together, and used if phonemic awarenss skills. You know finding the words that rhyme or begin with a certain letter. However, when I read the quote by Tompkins that stated, ” Children write peotry to create things, explore feelings, and entertain.”  This put a whole new idea in my mind. In order to get children to start thinking on a higher level, the need to create things.” After I read this I realized the issue here! ME!  I am not good at creating peotry myself…sometimes when attempting to do so I even hear crickets chirping, but I guess that will change! I will start to learn new techniques about how to incorporate peotry into my classroom.

The first few slides got me thinking. As I was reading about what makes a good poem, I realized that I need to define it myself. When something inside the poem makes you visualize a past experience or even makes you want to experience something. It kind of transports you to somewhere in the past, present or future. The way the words fit together also are essential. The feelings of emotions are always present. Lauterbach stated, ” A poem is not a puzzle to be solved. A poem is an experience, an event, in and of language.” What if I could teach my Kindergarteners this NOW! Then maybe their future might be filled with appreciation for peotry.

Another quote that really stood out about the PowerPoint was by X.J. Kennedy:

You can’t write without reading, so read everything you can find by writers whose work you love. Don’t be afraid to imitate them if you want to. Eventually you will come to sound not like them anymore, but like yourself.”

I believe that is why it is important to come up with lessons that do imitate “great poetry” as Certo says. Being able to have shared writing experience with a structure to produce a poem in place is an excellent way for teachers to start building those ideas already. It is not like you just throw a piece of paper at them and say, “Here do it!”, but you use all the best practices to build up those higher order thinking skills. Creating an support for students will inspire them to want to do more peotry if there are interesting prompts to follow through on (Koch, 1990).

So much Depends Upon Poems…Poetry Connection:

So much depends upon

This birdhouse

swinging in the wind

providing food

for the passing cardinals

sitting in the bare tree

in front of my window

on fridgid days in winter.



So much depends upon

a teapot in the night

Waiting for the whistle to blow

Then pouring the water in a mug

That relieves the sinuses of a stuffy nose.


Paper clip:

Paper clip:

When I look at this paper clip what do I see?  A long wire wrapped around with round edges and the ability to hold things together.

Smell? I don’t think I do smell anything with a paper clip!

Hear: the sound of papers rustling while being put together

Taste: ???

Touch: smooths silver metal that gently slides on the papers.

What does this object do? Holds the papers together

What could you do with it? You fasten paperclips together and measure objects or the width of a table.

Where or when do you find it? usaully on my desk or floor or under the table somewhere

Ideas that pop into my head: What if a there was a gaint paperclip that held the world togther?

A paperclip is special because although sometimes we only think about silver paperclips, really paperclips come in all sizes and colors and shapes…people

Link Comments:

Read Write I looked over some of the lesson plans and various other tools that could be used for teaching poetry. The graphic organizers would be terrific for organizing thought for poetry.

I liked the peotry websites that had just one or two poems…especially the In the Land Of Word Poems…I am going to post it in my all about me . But this resource is valauble if you wanted to pull up a specifc poem for all your students to read.

Writing is just to say…

I loved a the bottom how you could create your own poems by just filling the missing blanks. I could see my K’s and I making our own peoms after reading the book by Joyce Sidman.



1 Response so far »

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    Beth Frye said,

    I like the way you define poetry for yourself—this was a wonderful idea and a good place to start. And you make excellent points about imitation…all of us imitate the best of the best, don’t we? Whether it be in artistry, music, athletics, cooking, teaching, etc. we find the best and imitate their content, style of whatever it is. We should let students in on our secret! ☺ I cannot wait for you and your Ks to try writing some poetry. Like everything we have discussed regarding writing, it starts with writing about something you care about…
    Your So Much poems are wonderful! I love the layout and the phrasal boundaries you set up in the poem about the birdhouse. Check this phrase:
    swining in the wind
    I think you meant swinging. ☺

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