Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13 & Tap-Tap-Tapping

Henry's Valentine Hearts & Scraps
Photo by Amy LV

Students - When I sat to type and reread and revise today's poem, our daughter Georgia came to ask me a question. I said, "Just a minute...I have to finish something." Then she watched (and listened) as I drummed my right hand fingers quickly and quietly on the desk.

When finished, I looked up at Georgia and said, "Yes?"

"What were you doing?" she asked.

"Counting syllables in each line," I said, proceeding to tap again. I showed her how every line in this poem has eight syllables, except for line six, which only has seven syllables.

Yes, poets do count! Try this with a rhyming poem you like. Count and see if there is a pattern to the beats. You may notice a pattern to the rhymes as well. In "February 13," each group of four lines ends with a different rhyme:  -OO,     -ACE, and -ISS

There is still time to make a valentine for your family, friend, or crush! Try a woven heart basket, as in the photo above, or sewn paper hearts like the ones below...or maybe a heart snowflake like the one you see at the bottom of this post.

Gigi's Valentines
Photo by Amy LV

Here's another crush poem!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Hope's Heart Snowflake
Photo by Amy LV

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1 comment:

  1. The line 'I'm not sure what crushes do' sets up the poem so well. I wish more people did make their Valentines-homemade is so nice. It's fun to hear about the tap-tapping. I usually wiggle my fingers-one, two, three, four. Thanks for all you included Amy! I went back to your last year's post. Great poem there too, and I have Twosomes-what a sweet book to share with students!