Category Archive: poetry

Wish Poems

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“Poetry breaks through the skin of suffering in which children are often imprisoned: silent, confused, and scared.  A child’s poetry is an intimate, trusting gift to her parent or to anyone who wishes… Continue reading

Mentor Texts and Journal Articles and Professional Books… Oh My!

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A BIG thank you to the people who graciously responded to the post I wrote in March when I was compiling the book list for the graduate course I’m teaching.  The titles you… Continue reading

Wow. Just Wow.

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Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It was the last… Continue reading

Talking with Taylor Mali + a Giveaway

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On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace.  Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers Make: In Praise… Continue reading

Kindergarten Poetry Celebration

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This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Continue reading

First Attempt at Poetry

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Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to have them write… Continue reading

Found Poetry Giveaway Recipient

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Congratulations to Justin Green whose commenter number corresponds to the random number drawn for Georgia Heard’s new book of poems The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems.  Many thanks to… Continue reading

The Weekly SOLSC Is Back!

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It’s Tuesday and it’s April.  That means you’ve had two days to catch your breath if you were part of the 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!  I hope you’ll join us… Continue reading

Found Poetry + a Giveaway

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Have you ever found a poem?  I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem.  I’m talking about finding something poetic… Continue reading

Talking Poetry with Lee Bennett Hopkins

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I’ve hiked alongside a black bear, who was fishing for salmon in a stream, in Alaska.  Maybe it was because I was with a group of people, but the bear didn’t scare me. … Continue reading

Follow-Up: Leap Year Poem

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On Feb. 29th, 2008, I gave my fourth graders a copy of the “Leap Year Poem.”  I asked them to hold on to the little slip of paper I printed it on and… Continue reading

Writers — Real People

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Lee Bennett Hopkins delivered an inspiring keynote address, “Writers — Real People” last Wednesday morning at the TCRWP Writing Institute.  His keynote address seemed to have three parts.  First, he spoke about other… Continue reading

Neighborhood Walk

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From We had way too much fun today!!! We’ve all had those “best teaching days.”  You know, the ones where the children are completely engaged in learning.  The ones that are fun.  The… Continue reading

Home (Ruth’s SOLS)

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Have you ever wanted to write something, but you’re sure your words are never ever going to do it justice? That’s how I feel about tonight’s slice. Some of you may know I’ve… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: Amy LV

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If you don’t know already, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater totally rocks. If you are thinking Who’s Amy LV?, keep it to yourself and click here to see her remarkable blog, The Poem Farm. Not… Continue reading

Chanukah Poems + A Book Giveaway

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As a practicing Jew, I’m a little perplexed about the popularity of Chanukah.  Chanukah is a minor holiday.  It doesn’t have the same religious significance as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover, and… Continue reading

A Poetry Book for Boys

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Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds‘ new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month.  Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with a young male… Continue reading

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

Haiku Writing Station

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Earlier this month I shared an idea about a writing station (aka: center) for older students.  Another product from Chronicle Books has crossed my desk and has piqued my interest as something that… Continue reading

Start the Year with Some Small Poems

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Poetry has always been one of my favorite ways to get kids writing during the first weeks of school.  If you’ve done bio poems and are looking for an additional poetry activity, or… Continue reading