W is for WOKEN
Photo by Amy LV
by Amy LV
Students - Do you notice anything strange today? Well, I made an embarrassing little error. Opening my dictionary to a letter for today's poem...I opened to the wrong letter. I forgot V, the letter of my OWN LAST NAME. So, today's poem is a W poem, and tomorrow will be a V poem. Then things will all be right again. (I do know the alphabet. I do!)
Even with this silly mistake, I'm quite happy with today's word. It's a funny and old-fashioned sounding word, a word we don't use often. I had to look it up in a few different places to hear some varied sentence examples.
This short little verse has a wee bit of special sound work inside of two lines. In line 5, QUILTS and SILVER have the IL sound, and in line 7, CRIED and FIND both have the long I sound. Sometimes writers repeat vowel sounds, and this is called assonance. Sometimes I revisit a poem after I have written it to work more purposefully on my vowel sounds.
Try it. Look at a sentence or poem line that you recently wrote, maybe something in your notebook. Now just study the vowel sounds. Do any repeat? Can you find a way to include a bit of assonance in one of your lines or sentences? It's a good brain exercise, one that becomes more natural with dedicated practice.
Do not miss this week's funny and informative post at Sharing Our Notebooks. Author and poet Suz Blackaby is sharing her notebooks as well as a neat writing exercise. Stop by to read her words and to enter the giveaway for her book, NEST, NOOK, & CRANNY.
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