Wednesday, April 3, 2024


 Happy National Poetry Month!

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This month I am studying crows, sharing a new crow poem each day of April. The number of lines in each poem will correspond to the date, with a 1-line poem on April 1...and a 30-line poem on April 30. If you'd like to play along, simply choose a topic that you'd like to explore for 30 days. It might be a subject that you already know a lot about or perhaps you'll explore something new.

I invite you to join me in this project! 

To do so, simply:

1. Choose a subject that you would like to stick with for 30 days. You might choose something you know lots about...or like me, you might choose something you will read and learn about throughout April.

3. Write a new poem for each day of April 2024, corresponding the number of lines in your poem to the date. For example, the poem for April 1 will have 1 line. The poem for April 14 will have 14 lines. The poem for April 30 will have 30 lines. OR....invent your own idea! And if you start later in April, just play around however you wish.

4. Teachers and writers, if you wish to share any ONE MORE LINE... subjects or poems, please email them to me or tag me @amylvpoemfarm. I would love to see what your students write and to know that we are growing these lines...and our understandings of different subjects...together.

Below you may read the first two poems:

And now for today!

Three Crows, Three Lines
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Writing today's three-line poem felt like a little party with myself, and this party was about the long A sound, especially the sound - ATE. I used one of my favorite rhyming resources, RhymeZone, to find words that rhyme with regurgitate (chew and throw up food) because this is a great word, and many birds - including crows - regurgitate food into their babies' mouths. Then, I read and reread those words to find ones that made sense in the world of one Nestling (before leaving the nest) Crow. 

A nestling crow is a crow that still lives in the nest...but it is not a brand new baby, or hatchling. Such a nestling crow might stay in its nest for 30 or more days. And did you know that crows sometimes remain with their families for many years? A young crow might even stay with its family for five years, and during this time, it might help its father kill insects and other small creatures, throwing them up into their new siblings' mouths.

If you wish, try starting a poem with one word in mind. Look it up in a rhyming dictionary or at RhymeZone, and see if you find a poem idea in a rhyme or a bit of wordplay.

Thank you for joining me for ONE LINE CROW...

To learn about more National Poetry Month projects and all kinds of April goodness, visit Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup where Jama has generously gathered this coming month's happenings. Happy National Poetry Month!



ps - If you are interested in learning about any of my previous 13 National Poetry Month projects, you may do so here.

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  1. Three cheers (or caws?) for RhymeZone! Such a valuable tool for rhyming and for synonyms!

  2. I am curious about poem for day two. It says it doesn't exist. I will show this to Xavier today:) He can share with the summer class.