Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Earlier this month, I got to write poems with the Literacy L.I.F.T. Club: Linking Imagination Fun & Text at Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School in Brooklyn Center, MN. My daughter Annabelle came along as an assistant, and we spent two hours writing poetry.
Maurna Rome, Instructional Coach with St. Louis Park Schools and Advisor (and founder) of L.I.F.T, and 4th and 5th Grade Humanities teacher Sam Goodman organize the club and bring in lots of cool speakers for these kids to meet and work with. My visit was funded by a Teacher Award for Literacy grant from Penguin Random House that Maurna was awarded back in 2015. I’ve known Maurna for several years, and I know how dedicated she is to her students. It was fun to see her in her “natural environment!”
I thought I’d share some poems and pictures from the event (the two lovely typewritten poems were inspired by the event but written afterward). We wrote in a fast and furious style. We did first drafts of 15 Words or Less Poems, I Am… Poems, Paint Chip Poems, Rename It Poems, and Things to Do Poems. We took a stab at Wordplay Poems (a la Nikki Grimes’ This Little Ditty challenge), but I didn’t leave enough time to really delve into it properly:>( Still, lots of wonderful thinking, writing, and sharing happened. There were some tired hands and brains by the time we finished! I loved how they just dove in. There were not lots of questions or insecurities. No Am I doing this right? They all felt comfortable writing, and the confident scritch of pencil on paper filled the room. All rights of the poems shared here remain with the writers!
Thanks, Maurna, Sam, L.I.F.T. writers (even if I got your names wrong sometimes!), and Annabelle!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche.