Tuesday, March 7, 2017
SOL #7 Poetry Inspiration
This evening, I had the pleasure to work with 1st year teachers on Poetry Workshop with a colleague of mine. We talked about the structure of workshop and how to start poetry anthologies. We also let them participate in some poetry centers.
I shared a lot of resources with them, one being Kate Messner's 59 Reasons to Write. In this book, she has a chapter dedicated to poetry. One of the activities, which happens to be from Jo Knowles, was to think of a theme or topic and write your 10-digit phone number down the page. Those numbers become the number of words for the line. If the number is 0, it is a wildcard and can be any number of words. So I thought I would try that tonight using the phone number from my childhood, which is no longer in service. My topic is snow days.
I feel as if Mother Nature has
cheated us this year.
I live in Ohio,
what do you mean
you won't pleasure us with beloved snow days
not understand how much we look forward to
the anticipation of listening to the weather forecast
hoping for the opportunity for our snow rituals?