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Home, Run

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Halve a Heart

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Oh, Guitar!

Home, Run

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When I read Sandy Florian‘s poem, “House” to Skinner’s 4th graders, I paid special attention to the poet’s odd use of periods and capitalization. Afterward, I asked why she might’ve […]

Celebrating Love: The Evolution of a Sonnet Pt. II

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Last Friday, February 17, our post V-day session, I recited to my 6th grade students what may be considered to be the most widely referenced passage on love in modern times…you know […]

‘bribble bribble/Down the quart’: Lousy Language #1

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This week we took a look at e.e. cumming’s poem, [love is more thicker than forget]. If it sounds like lousy language, it is! Made up words and all figure […]

I am an ice that disappears: Delight Songs @ Moos Elementary

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This week we read, The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee, by N. Scott Momaday. I asked the students how different elements of nature could be used to describe their own emotions and […]

I am the wind through the sky — Delight Songs @ Darwin Elementary

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This week we read, The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee, by N. Scott Momaday. I asked the students how different elements of nature could be used to describe their own emotions and […]

Are you pink because you fell in the paint? — Animal Poems @Avondale-Logandale

The 4th and 5th graders at Avondale Logandale know all about metaphor and personification, and now we turn those skills to their own poems! Together, we’ve worked on poetic line […]

oh! are you made of snow! — Animal Poems @ Moos Elementary

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Our 2nd and 3rd grade poets at Moos Elementary have been working hard on their poetry skills, and it shows! We’ve discussed the poetic line since day one, and stanzas […]

What Is It Like To Be Roared At?!

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This week at Darwin Elementary! The second graders read Blake’s, Tyger, and considered his metaphor–that a tiger is so powerful, it seems as if it was made in a metal forge. […]

Travel Ban: Poems About NOT Going

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Last week we took a look at Richard Blanco’s poem about missed destinations in, We Are Not Going To Malta. Students were then given travel brochures exhibiting lush locales (decidedly […]

Halve a Heart

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Classes fell on Valentine’s Day this week, so I brought in Lorna Dee Cervantes‘ wonderful poem, “Valentine.” Before I even read it, students acknowledged its unusual format, resembling half-a-heart. I […]