Students are invited to write poems inspired by an image, another poem or an idea. I taped a piece of paper to the table and will try something different each week.
The first week, I propped open a book with three photographs and encouraged students to write a poem inspired by one of the images in any form of poetry. It was not very popular, but the poems that were written were incredible:
The week after that I am going to put photographs of animals on the table.
The final week, I want to read an excerpt from Love That Dog by Sharon Creech and have the students write poems inspired by the Walter Dean Myers' poem.
One station has my five iPads with the app Word Mover. The students have figured out (without any guidance) how to change the color, font, and weight of the text as well as how to change backgrounds. I showed the first students at the table how to drag and drop the words, how to change the word bank, and how to add their own words. Each child then showed the next child how to use them. I will be sharing the poems on each iPad at the end of the month.
I think this is one of the hardest forms for the students to work with, but it appeals to and helps students who are overwhelmed when faced with a blank piece of paper. I have been creating various examples to guide the students. There are many methods that can be used. Students can try to create a Haiku (very difficult!). My daughter came up with one method that I love, choosing a letter and crossing out every word that doesn't begin with that letter.
Book Spine Poetry
The students can create book spine poems from any section of the library, but they must re-shelve the books. I love this sneaky way to get them thinking about library organization and call numbers.
The poetry is written following the Fibonacci Sequence, with the numbers representing the number of syllables on each line. I am excited to challenge students with this form of poetry.
2 good book
3 and it will
5 change your perspective,
8 alter the way you see the world
Using an oil tray from Auto Zone (Thanks for this great idea, Jess!), the students are using a combination of rebus and word tiles to create poetry. This station has encouraged the most collaboration. This will be a year-round activity in the library. I also have another magnetic poetry kit on my book cart as well.
More Student Poetry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A few things I have learned in this first week:
I need to include more clean up time.
I need to organize supplies better to help preserve work space.
The students are drawn to the more kinesthetic experiences.
I need to model the "inspired" by table.