Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day #14 - The Right

Welcome to Day 14 of Wallow in Wonder!  For my 2016 National Poetry Month project, I will celebrate learning and writing from learning, writing poems from each daily Wonder at Wonderopolis.  As I did with my Dictionary Hike in 2012, I am looking to surprise myself with new inspiration daily.  This year, such inspiration will show up in my inbox each morning.  I will print it and carry each Wonderopolis Wonder around all day...and in the afternoon or evening, I will write and post the poem for the next day.  

I invite anyone who wishes to take this challenge too.  Just read today's wonder over at Wonderopolis, and write a poem inspired by it for tomorrow.  Share it tomorrow at your own site, and if you wish to link in my comments for others to find (or share your poem there), please feel free to do so tomorrow, the day after the Wonder is published at Wonderopolis.  If you would like to share any ways you have used Wallow in Wonder or your own site (safe for children only please), please link to the #WallowInWonder padlet.

My April Poems Thus Far

April 1 - So Suddenly - a poem inspired by Wonder #1659 
April 2 - Thankful Journal - a poem inspired by Wonder #1660
April 3 - The Storm Chaser - a poem inspired by Wonder #779
April 4 - A Jar of Glitter - a poem inspired by Wonder #641
April 5 - To Make Compost - a poem inspired by Wonder #1661
April 6 - Deciding Now - a poem inspired by Wonder #1662
April 7 - Hummingbird's Secret - a poem inspired by Wonder #1663
April 8 - Limits - a poem inspired by Wonder #1664
April 9 - Sundogs - a poem inspired by Wonder #1665
April 10 - Perspective - a poem inspired by Wonder #128
April 11 - At the History Museum - a poem inspired by Wonder #115
April 12 - Seventy-Five Years Ago Today - a poem inspired by Wonder #1666
April 13 - Homer's Poem - a poem inspired by Wonder #1667

And now for Day 14!

by Amy LV

Students - This is a poem about one friend talking to another about differences.  I have had many differences with friends and with family; differences are a part of life.  Part of growing up includes learning to talk with others about our differences without getting angry or having a fit or a fight.

I would call this a Taking a Stand poem.  In this poem, the speaker is taking a stand, stating an opinion about something.  Poetry is a wonderful genre for expressing an opinion. If I want to, someday I could write a poem from the other point of view, from the point of view of the person who wants to play with Barbies.

What do you deeply believe, or what could you imagine someone believing?  You can take an idea you may have jotted into your notebook as a bit of opinion writing and shape part of it into a poem.  And you do not have to write about only what you believe.  Consider taking others' points of view, different from yours, and exploring them through poems.

Teachers - here at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, you can see some work that a fourth grade student did in his class's study of activist poems.

You can read another poem inspired by Wonder #1668 if you visit Wonder Lead Ambassador, literacy advocate, teacher, and writer Paul Hankins at his Wonder Ground blog where he, too, is writing daily poems from Wonderopolis wonders.  He and I are in this together daily and some other writers are joining in on the fun sometimes too. All are welcome to wonder through poems with us.

I am happily hosting middle school teacher and librarian Stefanie Cole and her students from Ontario, Canada at Sharing Our Notebooks all month long.  This is a fantastic post full of notebook inspiration, a video clip, and a great book giveaway from Stefanie.

Happy Day 14 of National Poetry Month 2016!  

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Three cheers for a celebration of DIFFERENCES!!

  2. What a different outlook on this! Differences are important. I never had a Barbie. I used the fact that Barbie is 50 to write a birthday poem for my friend, Karen, who is 50 next week. She is a real living doll!

  3. I loved your Taking a Stand Poem. We are all different and should respect the differences in others. I may add a link to this post for "T" or "S" as part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I see alphabet letters everywhere these days. ;)

  4. This is the perfect poem! I am putting together Padlets for my third graders Social Issues Book Clubs and I was working on the "stereotypes" padlet when I found this poem! I am so excited to share it with my students. Thank you for the amazing writing you do and for being so generous with your talent!