Students - this is a riddle poem. Last Wednesday had the opportunity to visit Calvin Coolidge Elementary School in Binghamton, NY for three poetry assemblies, and we talked about riddle poems. In fact, we made some up. To write a riddle poem of your own, think of some hints about an object or an animal. List these hints in a mysterious way, giving juuuust enough information to help your reader but not too much information. Then, ask someone to read your poem with an eye toward solving the riddle.
Did you solve my riddle? This poem is about March. As they say, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb."
The idea for this poem really came from two places: riddle-land, and the world of writing from expressions. Give one of these a whirl this week if you're feeling uncertain of what to write about.
Teachers - this month is my last month of a poem each day for one year. For April, National Poetry Month, I plan to feature poetry in classrooms. I would love to feature special projects and poetry ideas as well as student work. Please leave me a comment or send an e-mail to amy at amylv dot com if you are interested in this possibility.
Thank you to Amy Zimmer Merrill for arranging and organizing the wonderful visit to Calvin Coolidge Elementary. It was such a delight to receive a beautiful flower pot of poems from young writers, eat cookies together, see the welcome sign, and most of all meet with so many warm and open students. I am grateful to have had a chance to visit and hope to read some more student poems as they make their way to Amy's glittery mailbox!
(named after Dorothy Aldis)
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