Category Archive: poetry

Bio Poems: A great way to introduce yourself

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I decided to have my students write Bio Poems on the first day of school this year in order to help them introduce themselves to me and vice versa. Like a “Where I’m… Continue reading

Twin Bubbles: Poetry Friday

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As I was recopying some poems into my master writer’s notebook, I came across this one, which I wrote alongside my students after doing some close observations of bubbles. TWIN BUBBLES An original… Continue reading

My Writer’s Notebook: A Poem by Brod Bagert for Poetry Friday

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I taped this poem into the inner front cover of each of my students’ writer’s notebooks this past year. I didn’t think it meant anything to them until, as an end of the… Continue reading

It’s almost the last Poetry Thursday. :(

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Apple At the center, a dark star wrapped in white. When you bit, listen for the crunch of boots on snow, snow that has ripened. Over it stretches the red, starry sky. –Nan… Continue reading

T.G.I.P.F.

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During my first year of teaching fifth grade, I introduced this poem to my students while preparing them for a trip called “Bridges and Boundaries: African-American and American-Jewish Relations” (at the Jewish Museum).… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday & Calling Out

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I found this anonymously written poem at the TeacherHelpers Website. It’s an interesting take on a child who is trying to do the write thing. Patience My teacher asked a question and I… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday

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Ruth and I both know and love Poetry Friday. However, I was just perusing the internet and found a site called Poetry Thursday, which is “an online project that builds community by encouraging… Continue reading

One notebook or many?

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Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as a teacher of… Continue reading

Poetic Inspiration from Photos

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I was inspired by Cloudscome to post some photographs. I want to actually challenge myself to write some poetry about the photographs I took over my long weekend. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to… Continue reading

Poetry Friday… Another Billy Collins Poem

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I’m up way too early this morning. I think I’m excited to finally be going to the Cape today. Hence, I thought this was the perfect poem for me to post since I’m… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: On Turning Ten

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I’m still in my Billy Collins Poetry Kick. Here’s one that purely captures the essence of making it into the double digits of life! On Turning Ten The whole idea of it makes… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Credo (A poem about love)

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Credo I believe there is something else entirely going on but no single person can ever know it, so we fall in love. It could also be true that what we use everyday… Continue reading

Looking at Your Place: Making a Memory (WN Entry)

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Everyone who attended George Ella Lyon‘s Session on Saturday Morning had the opportunity to make a memory after thinking about a drawing a floor plan of a home they’ve lived in. I went… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Poem by Billy Collins

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I’m still on my Billy Collins kick. This has been going on since Saturday… I’m just loving his work. Here’s one I especially like: Introduction to Poetry I ask them to take a… Continue reading

Ode to My Second Cupcake

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Ode to My Second Cupcake You come from Buttercup Bake Shop On the Upper West Side. You sat amongst other delectable creations, Waiting to be picked. Your cake is golden. Your icing —… Continue reading

Advice from Poet Laureate Billy Collins

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I heard Poet Laureate Billy Collins speak today at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium. He was fascinating, funny, and filled with ideas for teachers on how to be better teachers of poetry. Here… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Poets’ Room

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THE POETS ROOM has nothing in it. No comfortable furniture, no TVs, voices, clocks ticking, nothing except beats of air and blood pulsing through your lungs. You take a clean breath and quietness… Continue reading

Fourth of July Parade

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Hear the blare of bugles, Hear the beat of drums, Hear the sound of marching feet. Down the street there comes, Playing, marching, Marching, playing, In the sun and shade, All the music,… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: The Final Days of School

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I put the following poem into my students’ fifth grade yearbook. The irony is that on the last day of school, which was two days ago, we DID do the chant greeting of… Continue reading

Acrostic Poetry

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I did quite a bit with acrostic poetry this year since a huge pet peeve of mine is watching kids write meaningless acrostic poems in their writer’s notebooks just for the sake of… Continue reading