Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tide Pool - Describing Small Places

Little Sea Mysteries
by Amy LV

Students - I love the ocean!  There is something so mysterious about all of the little creatures that live in wee water puddles for a bit in a tide pool and then wash back to their ocean home.  Today's poem describes this place, just what I remember seeing the last time I was there.  Yesterday my children and I visited the shores of Lake Erie (Evangola Beach) and this may be why I chose this older poem to share.

What places do you love?  Try thinking about and sketching one of your favorite places.  If you can, imagine a small place.  Your closet - not your room.  The basketball court - not the whole playground.  That under-the-stairs-place - not your grandparents' whole house.  Now, to write your poem, simply describe the details in your picture, line by line.  You may choose to write a two stanza poem as I did here, with the first stanza describing the place and the second stanza telling something special about it.

Several years ago, our family attended the Family Nature Camp at the College of the Atlantic in Maine.  I'll never forget all of that oceanside time.  If you're looking for a family vacation, check it out!

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  1. One of my favorite moments as an adult was discovering tide pools. I was on a first ocean trip with students and we studied the rocky shores in the Pacific. What a 'treasure chest' indeed. The poem captures that exactly, Amy. I love the 'ocean-postcard mystery'.

  2. Hi Amy,

    Lovely always put together the perfect descriptions of small places. Lake Erie is so beautiful and while I haven't ever spent much time there, I love the view from the highway on a clear day! Last week, I spent the afternoon at Hamlin Beach on Lake Ontario with my daughter. We had not been there for many year. How lucky we are in NY to have so many gorgeous bodies of water! Headed to one of our Finger Lakes today! I will be on the lookout for writing inspiration. ~ Theresa

  3. I am teaching about small moments in writing, so small places is a perfect match. The ocean is one of my favorites on this planet and this small poem took me there once again. Thanks for the mini-fieldtrip!

  4. Very nice! I felt a little like your poem was itself a tide pool of wonders.

  5. I was just thinking about you today and how all the discipline you have has been paying off in so many way and it inspires me to keep scribbling!