Students - Today's poem is really a how-to poem, but not a clear cut how-to such as "How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich." Rather, it is a poem about how to do something that is in a way concrete, and in a way, mysterious - writing.
You will notice that I compare writing to walking a dog. That's because when I walk my dog, I never know where she will want to go. We have discoveries and adventures. Such a sense of discovery and adventure is writing at its best too.
When I started writing this poem, I had no idea where it would go. Rather, I just followed my pen and mind and there appeared the tracks.
Trust yourself. If you don't know what you wish to exactly write, just get started, and see where you go. Allow your pen to find its way into the brambles of metaphor and the secret paths of simile. You may well find a hidden room.
Today I am tickled to welcome English Language Arts director, Mary Wheeler, from St. John School in Houston, Texas with this zany Poetry Peek! Enjoy!
Thank you, Mary, for e-mailing me these joyous pictures to share here today. If anyone tries this way to display poetry, or if you have another way that you like to share students' poems, please let me know as I would love to feature it.
Now that our brains are feeling colorful, I would like to extend an invitation to all. In the past week, my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, has lit up like a bonfire. It started when Kimberley Moran of iWrite in Maine wrote and asked me about hosting some ideas for student notebooking over the summer. She wrote the first one, and now we already have 27 entries! All are welcome to contribute, and you can see the list of how to post here and the list of entries already up here.
Here's how easy it is to share. Just think of one way you get inspired to write in your notebook (or on your napkin or on your computer or on your arm...) and then write up a paragraph sharing that idea/exercise. Then, snap a photo of a page (or napkin or screen or arm...) and e-mail or Google Doc it to me with a brief bio. Then, I put it up with all the others, and we all have a wondrous list of writing exercises to inspire not only our students...but us too.
All are welcome - students, teachers, writers, artists, mechanics, chefs, jotters, scribblers of all types. The more variety, the merrier. I welcome you to share and hope that you will.
Here's an easy Tweet if you just want to copy and use it -
@amylvpoemfarm is collecting #notebook ideas! Share your short paragraph, photo, bio here to join the fun - http://bit.ly/1LbP1K1 #writing
Matt Forrest is hosting today's Poetry Friday party at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme...with wonderful news. Please stop by, enjoy all of the poetry offerings, and congratulate Matt on his book contract!
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