Our Late Monster in Sun
Photo by Georgia LV
Good morning to Mrs. Evancho's second grade class! I love the fact that we visit together at morning meeting. Today I am wondering how many of you have kitties at home and how much they purr.
Students - this is my second poem in this week's nonfiction poetry challenge. Yesterday I thought I'd start as I did the day before, with my trusty stack of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazines. I read a few articles, but nothing really grabbed me. So I just sat there for a while listening to my cat Mini purring at the end of the couch. That got me wondering, "Why do cats purr?" So I traveled around the internet to How Stuff Works, Wikipedia, About.com, and Franny's Cats Blog at About.com to find out.
What I found out is that purring is still somewhat of a mystery to humans, and that purring is more beneficial for cats and humans (it lowers our blood pressure) than I ever realized.
The most difficult part of this poem for me was the ending. I somehow didn't want to close it all fact-y, so I ended it with my own response to this idea of healing cat purrs.
Teachers - I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Writing a poem about a nonfiction topic helps us to crystallize what we have learned about this topic. I encourage you to invite your students to close both science and social studies units with the writing of poems. Invite them to look through their books, notes, projects, and papers and to find what interests them most. Then...write.
If any of you try this, please send me an e-mail at amy at amylv dot com as I would love to share some of your students' nonfiction poems here on a Poetry Friday!
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