I hope you’ve been able to join me over on Facebook for National Poetry Month. I’ve had fun compiling poems, links, activities, and more for you to enjoy. If you missed out, here is what Week 2 held.
Life happened during Monday of Week 2 and I was unable to do a live broadcast. Instead, I posted a link to Maya Angelou’s reading of her famous poem “And Still I Rise.”
For a poetry prompt this week, I shared from the site called NaPoWriMo. I encourage you to check out their site and look around. If you’re in the mood to write, they have some wonderful prompts. This one, I believe, is particularly accessible for all age groups.
Today, I’m going to share a prompt taken from the wonderful site: NaPoWriMo.
This site offers prompts for each day during National Poetry Month. You can scroll through the page and find many, many great prompts.
Here’s the prompt from Day 6.
“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view. The most famous poem of this type is probably Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” You don’t need to have thirteen ways of looking at something – just a few will do!”
If you’d like to try this with kids, it would be a fun exercise in point of view–telling about something through various viewpoints and voices. It could be 3 ways of looking at a bag of candy! I’m sure the siblings could imagine the various points of view! Have fun. Experiment. And let me know if you give it a shot.
On Wednesday, I shared about something that I love and something even my kids love: Poetry Teatime! What is this, you ask? Well, it’s a simple event where you gather a few poems, find some yummy snacks and drinks, and sit with your children to enjoy poetry. Believe it or not, it is a beautiful and fun time. So after sharing a fun infographic, I shared a few links to some of my favorite Poetry Teatime resources. ENJOY!
Who Loves TEA?!?!
Today I’m showcasing Poetry Teatime is all its awesome glory.
Poetry Teatime is something I came across when I was researching homeschooling. I read endlessly. Hours and hours. Looking back at my notes, there was one thing I had written down more than once: Poetry Teatime.
Poetry Teatime (from the wonderful Julie Bogart and her Brave Writer team) has brought a bit of enchantment to our homeschool. Many families do Poetry Teatime each week; however, we usually manage to do it once a month. The great thing about this bit of magic is that there is no ONE way it has to be done. The possibilities are endless!
Here are a few ways various families have interpreted Poetry Teatime:
For a great basic overview of Poetry Teatime, the lovely Mary from NotBefore7 has a great post called POETRY TEATIME FOR FAMILIES
Teatime with family, teatime with friends, teatime at the library! Check out Dachelle’s post at Hide The Chocolate .
One book you’ll see mentioned in these posts is the Poetry Teatime Companion: A Brave Writer Sampler of British and American Poems. This is a lovely book that pairs perfectly with children and snacks.
So if you haven’t yet, grab some snacks, check out a few fun poetry books and invite your children to join you. Trust me, you’ll be surprised!
Week 2’s Classic vs Modern had a bit of fun with Sonnets. I paired two very different sonnets for a look at the power of language. Be sure to check out the Free Printable. I hope you enjoy these powerful poems.
Today on Classic vs Modern we’re going to look at Sonnets!
Poets have been writing sonnets for a LONG time. (Read more about sonnets.)
I’ve posted two sonnets for us to read today. One is a famous Shakespearean Sonnet and one is a painfully beautiful modern sonnet written by Marilyn Nelson. At first glance, you may be tempted to say that these sonnets have little in common; however, each poet shares something about the power of language. Two varied experiences. Two different moods. But a common thread about the undying power of words. I hope you enjoy them.
For little levity, here is a fun (yet educational) sonnet by Billy Collins. 🙂
All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here while we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.
This week’s Free For All showcases one of my favorite inspirations when I was a classroom teacher: Penny Kittle. I LOVE this activity and how accessible it is to ALL ages young and old! Give it a try!
WRITING BESIDE POETRY
I know it’s National Poetry Month, and hopefully, you feel drawn to write poetry. BUT there is a chance you prefer to enjoy poetry from the sideline. That’s perfectly fine!
However, here is an activity that will get even the most reluctant writer writing. And you don’t even have to write poetry! (but it may occur naturally!).
Penny Kittle is one of my favorite classroom teacher inspirations. She has many wonderful ideas about encouraging students to read and write. One my favorite things is the Writing Notebook that she uses in her classroom.
Check out this fabulous activity about hands. It even features a spoken word video by Sarah Kay.
Well! There you have it! Week 2 of National Poetry Month. Let me know if you have any special resources you’d like to share. And don’t forget to join me on Facebook.