Welcome to today’s tip in my month-long Poetry Tips for Teachers series.
Tip #12: Use a Prop
Use a simple prop to help share a poem visually. When I share Elaine Magliaro’s “Things to Do If You Are a Pencil,” I hold up–a pencil. And I point to each part of the pencil mentioned in the poem or move the pencil as the poem directs. When I share “”Oompachupa Loompacabra,” by Calef Brown (in Hallowilloween), I crumple up candy bar or kiss wrappers and drop them among the students as I read and walk. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated.
When reading the poem draft below that is today’s 15 Words or Less poem, for example, I would bring in some birch bark if I could get some. And I’d display it, feel it, ruffle it, and crackle it, and let kids do the same after the reading.
Now, for my 15 Words or Less writers–and anybody else who would like to join in–it’s another 15 Words or Less flashback to 2007!
Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!
This is?a close-up of the gorgeous river birch in my backyard. Although I have a black thumb, this is the one thing I’ve planted that has thrived! I love it.
What does this remind you of? Fuzzy sweaters? Your grandfather’s workbench, covered in shavings? A bad sunburn? What time of year does it make you think of? What smells or sounds do you associate with it? Choose any topic and write a 15 Words or Less poem to share with us.
Remember, this is for fun! There’s no wrong answer. We’re just playing here!
And here’s my?first draft.
Now it’s your turn! Have fun with your own 15 WORDS OR LESS poem!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?