Happy Poetry Friday! Mary Lee is hosting over at A Year of Reading today.
We got a head start on Poetry Month at our library with a three-session BUILD A POEM workshop in March. The children were so receptive and shared their deep wells of creativity. We probably didn’t change any lives, as Ms. Mirabel did in Word After Word After Word, but spending this time with six kids from my town was a gift to me. I encourage other poets to step out and share your love of writing poetry with kids. Here are some photos and samples poems generated by 4th and 5th graders. Our focus was strong verbs and words that feel good on your tongue.
We started with a mask poem, becoming the tree that was living before it became the wood we wrote on.
William Carlos Williams’ poem “This is Just to Say” was our model for apology poems.
I’m sorry I ate the last I’m sorry for stuffing you
piece of strawberry pie in your cat carrier
which was probably for dessert, and leaving you for an hour.
but the crust was so flaky I’m sorry for forgetting you
and the inside so red and for missing your dinner.
Please forgive me.
We experimented with the Six Room Poem exercise from Georgia Heard’s Awakening the Heart to write about a special place.
At each session, we wrote on wood and boxes and built a Poem Center for display.
The culminating activity was a cupcake poem about spring!