Monday, March 26, 2012

Riddle Poems and Radio Lab

Messy Draft
by Amy LV


Students- Can you guess the topic of the above poem?  There are a few hints, and I'd be interested in hearing if you can figure it out...and if so, at which line you said to yourself, "I've got it!"

Riddle poems are games.  The writer has the answer, and the reader must try to find this answer through the written clues.  If you choose to write a riddle poem, one of the challenges is to include just-right clues - not too easy, not too hard.

To write a riddle poem, first think of something, anything!  Now write a few one-line descriptions of it.  Piece these together, rhyme if you wish, fiddle away with words and sounds, and then you will have a riddle poem.

Once your riddle poem is complete (be OK with crossouts), test it out on someone else to see if they can figure it out.  That's what I did with today's poem, and my husband Mark did figure out the answer.  He also helped me realize that all throughout this verse, "they" would be a better word choice than "it."  Thank you, Mark!

Below you can read my poem for Round 3 of Ed DeCaria's March Madness poetry tournament at Think Kid, Think! My assignment in Round 3 was to include the word BOILING. After much pacing and worrying and scribbling, this verse spilled out.

If you are wondering where the idea of rescuing a lobster from a grocery story came from, it came from one of my favorite npr radio programs, Radio Lab.  In this short (about 14 minutes) clip, you can hear the story of The Luckiest Lobster, the very lobster who inspired my funny little poem.

As of yesterday, there are eight of us left in the March Madness at Think Kid, Think!, and we just received our words last night.  Away we begins tomorrow (Tuesday) morning!

If you write a riddle poem, or if your class writes some riddle poems...please do let me know.  I would be thrilled to feature them next month - National Poetry Month!

Did you ever wonder how and why popcorn pops?  You can find out at Wonderopolis!  (I make popcorn in a pot on the stove, so we really do hear those pings!)

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  1. All such fun, Amy, as always. I like the idea of popcorn turning inside out. Congratulations on your moving into the 'elite 8'. I loved your lobster poem. I cooked them once-never again for me. I could not stand the squealing. Best wishes on your new word.

  2. Writing a riddle poem sounds like fun! I'll try to write one for you.

    I've been following your tournament challenges with interest :-) !

  3. That's great, Amy. I love riddle poetry so much that I've written and shared 38 of my own riddle poems here:

    It was both fun and challenging to work within the formal constraints I set for myself.

    - Jordan