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Dog on the Job, a Zeno Poetryaction [Poetry Friday]

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Earlier this week, I shared a note of thanks for my beagle, Jack. Today, I’m re-sharing a zeno poetryaction he inspired a couple of years ago.   Ah, Jackie…For more poetry fun, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup, hosted this

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Writing Zenos at the Young Authors Conference

Last week, I shared my wordplay lesson plan based on Nikki Grimes’ poetry prompt and then day 1 and day 2 of student poems. Those were from the last two days of the Young Authors Conference. The first two days, I had tried something else, something I planned to do

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Meet the Zeno (a great poem form for classrooms)

You guys know Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ Ditty of the Month Challenge at Today’s Little Ditty, right? Where she features a guest, who issues a poetic challenge? This month she featured J. Patrick Lewis, who shared a poetic form he created, the zeno. You can read all about the zeno (and

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Poetry I write poetry because I’m passionate about the world and about words. Poetry is my favorite way to express my wonder and awe and connect with other people. Maybe you’ve already found my poetry collections and rhyming picture books in the Books section. Hooray! But guess what? My poems

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High-Stepping Hippo [Poetry Friday]

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) [Reminder about a free local library program (via Zoom) THIS Saturday. It will be Michael Hall, Joyce Sidman, and me–each talking a bit about how a book of ours came to be–then Q&A. Please join us–you can register

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Wordplay Poems from the Young Authors Conference

Today and tomorrow, I’m sharing student poems from my sessions at Success Beyond the Classroom’s Young Authors Conference at Bethel University. I shared the process/lesson plan yesterday, and I’m excited to share student work here. Teachers, I know you’ll find some awesome poems here to use as mentor texts/examples if

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Happy Holidays and poetryaction to Camp Rex

Good morning, my wonderful kidlit community. I feel like we are a beautiful forest, stronger because we grow together. Thank you for being part of my kidlit world:>) And now, for today’s Kidlit Combos: I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! is a wonderful rhyming picture book. So much fun! And

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