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Dear Cheetah: You should move to Chicago

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This week the Darwin 2nd & 3rd graders read Blake’s “Tyger” and then wrote a poem to a mysterious animal. For their poem, they could ask the animal any questions they […]

Are you big like the Sears Tower? Or small like a little doctor?

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For our third week together, the Moos 4th & 6th graders read Blake’s “Tyger” and then wrote a poem to a mysterious animal. For their poem, they could ask the […]

Elephants: Why are your eyes the same as my uncle’s?

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This week the Avondale Logandale 4th graders read Blake’s “Tyger” and then wrote a poem to a mysterious animal. For their poem, they could ask the animal any questions they […]

Michiko Alive Twice (pt. 2)

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And here are the rest of the poems. There was a pretty even balance between happy and sad poems, and I hope that they see that there are ways to […]

Michiko Alive Twice (pt. 1)

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This week we were looking at Jack Gilbert’s “Michiko Dead” to dicsuss imagery and similes. The whole poem is the image half of a simile Gilbert has created about his […]

The Unlikely Ghost and other Pizza-loving Monsters

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Week Two and its Halloween Eve! The students and I read two poems: “October,” by Bobbi Katz, and “Theme In Yellow,” by Carl Sandburg. We discussed persona and voice, and how […]

I Dream of…

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For our prior classes we read “Last Night As I Was Sleeping” by Spanish poet, Antonio Machado. We had talked about the use of repetition with the previous poem, and […]

Strange Company! The Halloween Creatures at Moos Elementary

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Week Two and its Halloween! The students and I read two poems: October, by Bobbi Katz, and Theme In Yellow, by Carl Sandburg. We discussed persona and voice, and how […]

Strange Company: Monsters who walk slow and dancing butter

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Week Two and its Halloween! The students and I read two poems: “October,” by Bobbi Katz, and “Theme In Yellow,” by Carl Sandburg. We discussed persona and voice, and how you […]

Hanging Worries (pt. 2)

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I was struck by how I would ask the students to list the things they were worried about and it would usually vacillate between mundane things like grades and horrifying […]