Chalk Poetry Day!

Hi folks!  We are outside today writing our poems in chalk for the world to see.

In addition to writing your own poem, you will be adding a line to our class poem as well. The title of our poem will be “What is poetry?”

Happy National Poetry Writing Month!  🙂

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Day #29: Haiku Book Review/Letter to a Poet

DP #42: Haiku Book Review

Think about one of your favorite books and write a review for it in haiku form.

Write out a draft and, once you’re happy with it, transfer it into your poem book.

Take ten minutes.

 

Using the directions and format provided Friday, please type your letter to the poet of your choice, then email it to dearpoet@poets.org.

Don’t forget to cc me as well (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us)!

All letters must be emailed by tomorrow!

Happy writing!

Day #26: Spine Poetry

DP #41: Spine Poetry

Today, we’re going to create spine poetry. This can be done alone, with a partner, or small group. Once your poem is created, write it in your poem book.

Take ten minutes.

 

Now that you’ve watched 8 poets read their work, it’s time to select the one you were most intrigued by.

Let’s figure out who you want to write to and get into groups based on that. From there, you can discuss the poem and start to determine what you might like to say to the poet.  Can you identify the poet’s voice?  What lines spoke to you and why?  Do you share any similarities with the poet?  What questions do you have?

As a class, let’s determine what these letters should look like, including what to avoid.

Monday we’ll have the Chromecart so you can type your emails and send them to the poets.

Here are the specific guidelines:

Have at least two of your peers read over your email before sending it to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors.

Your letter must contain your name, the name of the poet you’re writing to, and our school name (see this sample email)

You may type your letter directly in the email. It’s always a good idea to draft first, then copy and paste your final draft into the email.

Send your letter to dearpoet@poets.org

“CC” your teacher on your email to ensure you get credit (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us)

Complete this assignment by Monday night (April 29th). It cannot be turned in late for credit.

 

Finally, before you leave, submit the poem you wish to write in chalk for Chalk Poetry Day. You should submit it by writing it on an index card. It will be returned to you the day we create out chalk poetry (next Tuesday).

Day #25: Nature Poetry

DP #40: Dear Poet #8

Today, we’re going to watch the last American poet recite original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after listening, as well as discuss.

Take five minutes.

 

Today, we are going to explore nature as a means of creative written expression. We’ll be using

Thoreau’s model of nature writing

  • Keep a Journal.
  • Record Personal Observations of Nature.
  • Express Personal Thoughts, Feelings, and Ideas.
  • Show How All of Life Is Connected and Interdependent.
  • Be Positive, Warm and Open to All Life.
  • Begin Now.

As we explore the school’s natural surroundings, we will also take A Haiku Walk.

 

The last ten minutes of class, transfer your favorite piece of nature poetry from the hour into your poem book.

Let’s go out and enjoy nature today!

Day #24: Color Poem

DP #39: Dear Poet #7

Today, we’re going to watch and listen to an eminent American poet recite original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after listening, as well as discuss.

You’ll be listening to eight poets over the course of the next two weeks and writing a letter to one of them.

 

Take five minutes.

Today, you’re going to have some fun writing a Color Poem in your notebooks.

Write out a draft and, once you’re happy with it, transfer it into your poem book.

Happy writing!

Day #23: Ode

DP #38: Dear Poet #6

Today, we’re going to watch and listen to an eminent American poet recite original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after listening, as well as discuss.

You’ll be listening to eight poets over the course of the next two weeks and writing a letter to one of them.

 

Take five minutes.

An ode is a poem that glorifies a person, place, or thing. It does not have any set structure or rhythm and can be both serious or humorous. What is something or someone you really value?

Write out a draft and, once you’re happy with it, transfer it into your poem book.

Happy writing!

Day #22: Abecedarian

DP #37: Dear Poet #5

Today, we’re going to watch and listen to an eminent American poet recite original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after listening, as well as discuss.

You’ll be listening to eight poets over the course of the next two weeks and writing a letter to one of them.

 

Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Once you craft one you like, transfer it into your poem book.

Happy writing!

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