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Stumbling into a first grade classroom

I stumbled into a colleague’s classroom on Tuesday and found a chart posted about line breaks. It included a poem by Zoe Ryder White, whose work I was unfamiliar with. (I’m a bit embarrassed by this since she’s from NYC and has done lots of work with the TCRWP. I’m surprised I haven’t been to a Calendar Day with her, but it is what it is.) Here’s the poem I read on this first grade classroom’s Writing Workshop Wall. I simply love the way the line breaks turned an ordinary sentence into something profound.

Ceiling by Zoe Ryder White

The Ceiling
Is the sky
For the classroom.

Poetry Friday is being hosted at Farm School.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. I teach 4th grade and I am using this poem in conjunction with Calkin’s Poetry: Powerful thoughts in Tiny Packages. Students will find an artifact in the classroom or outside at the park and begin to write about ordinary objects as poets.



  2. I am so happy to hear that people are using this little poem! I am working on a book now, so there will be more poems out there in the world soon.


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