Friday, May 29, 2020

If You Need Someone...






Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time (through June 12, 2020), I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Mary Lee is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at A Year of Reading with an important reading challenge, rich, layered poems by Marilyn Chin, and news about an upcoming webinar conversation with Marilyn and Mary Lee. 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.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Poem for a Good Human



Graduate and Good Human
Photo by Amy LV




Students - Happy graduation to so many of you! And happy graduation to our son Henry who graduates from both high school and community college this week. This poem is dedicated to him. If you admire someone you can always write a poem for this person as a tribute. Doing so helps us appreciate those we care for, and too, the poems can be sweet gifts.

Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time (through Mid-June 2020), I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Carol is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Beyond Literacy Link with a sneak peek at her lovely Nature Nurtures 2020 Gallery. 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.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Celebrate a Day



Today is Baking Day!
Photo by Amy LV




Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time, I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Jama is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Jama's Alphabet Soup with a delightful poem by Jeff Friedman and photographs that have joyfully convinced me to make chococolate chip cookies this afternoon. Happy National Chocolate Chip Day to one and all, and thank you to Jama for inspiring my writing (and baking) today!

5:10pm Update - I baked these Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies - YUM! If you have extra sourdough discard in your refrigerator, this is a great way to use it.

Happy Cookies!
Photo by Amy LV

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.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

I Learned From


Clara and Her Kittens
Photo by One of Clara's Many Admirers


Today's poem was inspired by one of my favorite poems, What I Learned from My Mother by Julia Kasdorf.  You can hear me talk about this and see Clara and her babies in action in the video below. Usually I do write more here, but during this time, I am instead sharing daily writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.



Michelle is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Today's Little Ditty and she is sharing all about SOUTHWEST SUNRISE, the latest gem from Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Wendell Minor.

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.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Books Can Inspire Poems



Books in My Brain
by Amy LV




Today I am thinking about the books that make me me. We each have books that change us and that help us think and feel and grow in new ways. Remembering such books can take us on journeys of joy and discovery. 

To write this poem, I first drew and listed some books that have made a difference in my life. Then I wrote a little bit and decided to write about Charlotte. I have written about her before, in my poem Stories from my book READ! READ! READ! with Ryan O'Rourke.

You know what the funny thing is? I did not even remember that I had written about Charlotte in this book until AFTER I wrote today's poem. I certainly have learned many things from this wee, wise spider.

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by Amy LV and Ryan O'Rourke

We are lucky enough to have some young writers exploring this idea of writing-from-books with us today. Welcome to Mrs. Iwanicki's third grade writers from Seymour School in East Granby, CT! They are my #KidsNeedMentors class, and they generously shared these poems so that we can all enjoy their words.



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Thank you very much to these thoughtful young readers and writers. I imagine that many of you are thinking about books that have changed you...and you, too, might choose to write notebook entries and perhaps even poems about these books and characters.

Liz is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Elizabeth Steinglass with a delightful reading of her wonderful book SOCCERVERSE. Teachers, this video will be up for two weeks with permission of Boyds Mills and Kane, so don't miss!

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.

Happy, Healthy May! 

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

30 - Poems Can Endlessly Mix and Match Writing Techniques

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:

April 5 - Poems Can Borrow a Pattern from the World
April 6 - Poems Can Define a Word
April 7 - Poems Can Rhyme
April 8 - Poems Can Not Rhyme
April 9 - Poems Can be Written in Stanzas
April 10 - Poems Can Ask Questions
April 11 - Poems Can Be Circles
April 12 - Poems Can Be Songs
April 13 - Poems Can List
April 14 - Poems Can Repeat Words and Lines
April 15 - Poems Can Spell a Word with the First Letters of Lines
April 16 - Poems Can Give Nonhuman Qualities to Humans
April 17 - Poems Can Include Sound Words (Onomatopoeia)
April 18 - Poems Can Repeat the Beginning Sounds of Words
April 19 - Poems Can Describe a Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
April 20 - Poems Can Emphasize a Word with a One-Word Line
April 21 - Poems Can Give Advice
April 22 - Poems Can Be Written in the Voice of Another
April 23 - Poems Can Borrow a Writing Structure or Format
April 24 - Poems Can Slow Down Toward the End
April 25 - Poems Can Play with Words
April 26 - Poems Can Compare and Contrast
April 27 - Poems Can Include Facts
April 28 - Poems Can Answer "What If..."
April 29 - Poems Can Address - Speak To - Someone or Something (Apostrophe)
April 30 (Today!) - Poems Can Endlessly Mix and Match Writing Techniques

And now, for today's words! 

Day 30 Words
Photo by Amy LV




Here is something very special for anyone who wishes to learn to draw these little creatures. I am so grateful to be connected to this fun! Thank you, Sheila and Noreen.


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The lessons from this month can mostly all be found in my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS: HOW STUDYING POETRY STRENGTHENS WRITING IN ALL GENRES. This book includes poems by over 50 contemporary poets and over 100 students between grades 2 and 8 along with my thoughts and book and resource suggestions.


Thank you for joining me on this National Poetry Month journey! I will now go back to posting here on Fridays and will continue teaching weekday Keeping a Notebook lessons out of Betsy the Writing Camper until all students back at school.

xo,
Amy

Antoinette Wishes You a Happy May!
Photo by Amy LV

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

29 - Poems Can Address - Speak To - Someone or Something (Apostrophe)

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:

April 5 - Poems Can Borrow a Pattern from the World
April 6 - Poems Can Define a Word
April 7 - Poems Can Rhyme
April 8 - Poems Can Not Rhyme
April 9 - Poems Can be Written in Stanzas
April 10 - Poems Can Ask Questions
April 11 - Poems Can Be Circles
April 12 - Poems Can Be Songs
April 13 - Poems Can List
April 14 - Poems Can Repeat Words and Lines
April 15 - Poems Can Spell a Word with the First Letters of Lines
April 16 - Poems Can Give Nonhuman Qualities to Humans
April 17 - Poems Can Include Sound Words (Onomatopoeia)
April 18 - Poems Can Repeat the Beginning Sounds of Words
April 19 - Poems Can Describe a Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
April 20 - Poems Can Emphasize a Word with a One-Word Line
April 21 - Poems Can Give Advice
April 22 - Poems Can Be Written in the Voice of Another
April 23 - Poems Can Borrow a Writing Structure or Format
April 24 - Poems Can Slow Down Toward the End
April 25 - Poems Can Play with Words
April 26 - Poems Can Compare and Contrast
April 27 - Poems Can Include Facts
April 28 - Poems Can Answer "What If..."

And now, for today's words! 

Day 29 Words
Photo by Amy LV




The lessons from this month can mostly all be found in my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS: HOW STUDYING POETRY STRENGTHENS WRITING IN ALL GENRES. This book includes poems by over 50 contemporary poets and over 100 students between grades 2 and 8 along with my thoughts and book and resource suggestions.


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.

xo,
Amy

Antoinette Calls Out Her Window!
Photo by Amy LV

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