Friday, April 3, 2020

3 - Poems Can Tell a Story

Congratulations to Jennifer Olson! You have won this past week's copy of POEMS ARE TEACHERS. Would you please send your home address to me at amy at amylv dot com? Heinemann is not mailing to schools at this time.

Welcome to my 2020 National Poetry Month Project
See My Last 10 Poetry Projects HERE

Each day of April 2020, I will share three things:
  • A dice roll of three word dice
  • A video explaining one poetic technique titled POEMS CAN... You can also find these at Sharing Our Notebooks as part of my ongoing Keeping a Notebook project
  • A poem inspired by one or more of the dice words and the technique
Here are All of This Month's Poems:

And now, for today's words! 

Day 3 Words
Photo by Amy LV

Thank you to Heinemann for giving away a copy of my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS: HOW STUDYING POETRY STRENGTHENS WRITING IN ALL GENRES each week of April. I will draw names from the previous week each Thursday evening at 11:59pm, and I will announce a winner each Friday. Please leave a way to contact you in your comment as if I cannot contact you easily, I will choose a different name.

If you would like to learn more about other National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama has rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy National Poetry Month 2020 to all!

Heidi is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at My Juicy Little Universe with a beautiful response to the #ShelterInPoems project. As for Poetry Friday, we invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year. Next week it will be here at The Poem Farm.


Wee Poetry Month Muse
Photo by Amy LV

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  1. These videos are wonderful, Amy! I'm loving Little Mouse. I look forward to her adventures.

  2. Wait! We both have sweet mice today. Soul sister!!!!! I love that Little Mouse is dreaming of flying like the starlings. Me, too! Don't miss my #ThoreaulyInspired Gallery Mice! Hugs from a distance! xx Christie @

  3. I love your willingness to jump into a barrel of words and go with it. Your Little Mouse has a cute voice for someone so tiny.

  4. Hello, Amy- I love your work and adore this mouse poem AND the photo! What a muse! Murmuration is a magical word. I cannot blame Little Mouse a bit for wishing to fly. :)

    -Fran Haley

  5. I love how you used the word murmuration as the title - and yes, I learned something new today! Watching starlings are like watching a bird ballet in the sky.

  6. I am swooning over "a bird-ballet in the sky," and am quite jealous of Little Mouse's sniff of spring. These poems are so sweet, Amy!

  7. I am so so SO in love with Little Mouse! Her cousins sometimes get into our attic and find themselves in a live trap. Hubby gets up in the middle of the night, puts on mouse rescue clothes, gets cousin into a cardboard box, and takes them to the woods nearby.

  8. What a lovely story in your poem.

  9. I'm glad you're still writing about your Little Mouse, Amy. Your poems are a treat every day!

  10. I'm loving Little Mouse, Amy! You are a bright, brilliant spot in the world now (and always.) :)

  11. So, true, Amy! Poems can tell a story. Based on your earlier post, I was inspired to create a lesson for my students in Bowling Green, KY. I chose several narrative poems, and I asked them to choose a favorite. They made a copy and taped it near their sinks. Every day this week, students are reciting the poem as they wash their hands. The hope is that they will memorize it by week’s end. Tomorrow, I have asked them to perform it on Flipgrid for their peers, explain why they chose it, and tell me what writer’s craft moves they noticed. They have been so pumped to share their progress with me this week during our virtual meetings. Thank you for inspiring us!!!

  12. Amy! It's taken me alllll week to make my way around all the blogposts from last Friday! (Gearing up for online PreK has been very time-consuming.) But I'm so glad I made it here...what a wonderful fun project, all on film from inside Betsy's fulsome belly. Love to watch it all happen.