Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017! Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.
Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV
Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day. Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.
I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own). Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE. (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy. Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear. Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)
Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:
And now...today's crayon. Lavender!
by Amy LV
Students - I did not know where to begin with Lavender. I do grow lavender in my garden and adore it for its beautiful silvery leaves and sturdy useful purple blossoms (you can even mix the buds in sugar to make lavender sugar). But somehow that idea didn't feel right. For me, writing a poem is all about finding the "hidden door" that leads the way in.
Crayola's version of lavender is not the way I imagine lavender. I see it more like this:
How Amy Imagines Lavender
But, I was not going to get my color-seeing differences get in the way of writing a poem. So, I made a list in my notebook. And this list led me to lavender sky.
Lavender Notebook List
Photo by Amy LV
One thing I always think about when writing a poem is line breaks. My first draft of this poem had more line breaks than the version you read above. It looked like this:
Somehow, this felt too long to me. And too choppy. So I tried combining pairs of lines together, and I found that I liked rhyming every end word. It felt like fun. Try this with one of your poems. Keep the words the same...and just switch up the line breaks. Then, talk with a friend about what you both notice and think about the different versions. I'd be interested in hearing what you discover.
If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, you might choose to connect the color you choose today to something you do - or something an imagined character does - on a regular basis...or not. Colors can take us anywhere. And if you'd like to join in with Lavender, please do! Here's our WRITING THE RAINBOW PADLET.
Don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar. Happy second day of National Poetry Month. What is outside YOUR window?
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