by Amy LV
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Students - This poem let me play with my silly side! Everyone has a silly side, and writing is a grand way to set it free. Sometimes I will just look at a situation and wonder about the silly side of it. What if there was a bear in the outhouse? I wonder what potatoes think about? What would it be like to dance with a tree?
You might wish to try that today. Just look at something or listen to the sounds around you and ask, "Hmmm...what is silly about this? What could I pretend could be silly about this?" Then, once your silly side is freed, take out your pencil and simply follow it.
Here's a writing silly tip: one thing I've learned is that silly is different than crazy. Silly is fun and quirky, a little offbeat and surprising. Crazy can be confusing and too wild for me when it comes to writing.
Today's poem is written in quatrains - four lines per stanza. Did you notice that lines 2 and 4 of each stanza rhyme. Even bears can rhyme...who knew?
If you love camping and poetry, do not miss Kristine O'Connell George's wonderful book TOASTING MARSHMALLOWS. You can read the title poem here at The Poetry Foundation.
This week, I welcome illustrator Nina Crittenden to Sharing Our Notebooks. Nina shares some fabulous notebook peeks along with her inspiring words, and you will have a chance to be entered into her generous drawing of a book and pocket notebook.