A couple months ago I purchased Teaching Grammar with Perfect Poems for Middle School: Engaging Lessons with Model Poems That Motivate Kids to Learn Grammar and Write Well by Nancy Mack. Even though I don’t teach middle school, I was intrigued by the title and figured it could be a good resource to keep on my bookshelf for ‘someday’ or ‘whenever.’
Yesterday was that ‘someday,’ since I was looking for today’s poetic inspiration for this Challenge. Mack suggests teaching kids about gerunds (not sure if I ever learned about gerunds until today) by teaching them how to write “I Remember Poems.” (For instance, if a gerund can be replaced with the word “it,” then that word is a gerund.) Fair enough! She even provided an “I Remember” Poem by Jana Turner as a mentor. I read the lesson and Turner’s Poem. I liked them both. So, I decided to use an “I Remember Poem” as today’s source for poetic inspiration (if you need/want it).
Please come back later today to link your poem to this post using Mr. Linky.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).