- Read poetry to your students leading up to the celebration.
- One of the easiest poems to write collaboratively is a list poem. Choose a topic and have students list ideas and thoughts while you transcribe the words for the whole class.
- Make decisions as a group about a title, order of the lines and if there should be stanza breaks.
- Okay, you are ready to write the poem outside (or inside on a chalkboard or black paper). Students can help with this or you can write the words.
- Students can illustrate important details from the poem.
- Photograph the poem and illustrations for a blog post.
- Once your blog post is published, visit Teaching Young Writers on the last day of the month and post your unique URL in a comment. What is a unique URL? This is the link that goes directly to your blog post, not just the main page of your blog.
- Last job? Visit the other celebrators. Show your students all the chalk poems and illustrations to drum up excitement and ideas for the following month.
- From your favorite poet or from your own notebook, put a poem on a piece of ground somewhere (asphalt, sidewalk, maybe even a fence–just make sure it is appropriate and legal).
- Illustrate it if you like with chalk too and take a photo!
- Post it to your blog and link to the Chalk-A-Bration post here (Teaching Young Writers) on Chalk-A-Bration day.
Would you like the dates for all the upcoming Chalk-A-Bration celebrations?
Here they are!
Tuesday, September 30th
Friday, October 31st
Sunday, November 30th
Wednesday, December 31st
Saturday, January 31st
Saturday, February 28th
Tuesday, March 31st
Thursday, April 30th
Sunday, May 31st
Tuesday, June 30th
Friday, July 31st
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