The Door Said Who Are You –– Object Poems @ Avondale Logandale

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Ms. Pease 4th Grade The Pretty Things Merileise V. The eraser says you made a mistake. The headband says I’m a pretty thing that goes on your head. The nail […]

Writing in Place: City of Wind Edition

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March 10, at DuBois Elementary, was an interesting day. The classes I worked with were self-contained, so I joined the 6th graders in a different classroom than our traditional meeting […]

Can You Repeat That, Please?

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This lesson had us continuing our journey down the road of patterns in speech, with a look at Phil Kaye’s personal and haunting performance poem, Repetition . How does simply repeating a line, […]

Writing in Place: Springtime Chi

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When I was in 2nd grade, I competed in a poetry contest: the topic was spring. My poem was short and sweet and it rhymed. It came in second place to a […]

Get Back

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This week, we read Jack Spicer‘s poem, “Any fool can get into an ocean…” It begins: Any fool can get into an ocean But it takes a Goddess To get […]

I Am A Dark Light In A Room — Delight Songs @ Avondale Logandale

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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 […]

Emily Dickenson Goes To Washington: Chapter Two

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Our second week of Emily Dickenson had us looking at her poem,  I’m Nobody! Who are you? Discussion followed on identity, iambic trimeter and tetrameter, dashes, rhyme and patterns in language […]

All a Bored

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“Life, friends, is boring.” So begins John Berryman‘s “Dream Song 14,” which was the focus of our poetry classes this week. My initial question was “who is speaking?” and while […]

Celebrating Love: The Evolution of a Sonnet-Finale and…

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In preparation of this week’s post, I have reflected on three events that have always symbolized renewal for me. Whether you are Catholic or not, chances are, you have noticed […]

Emily Dickenson Goes To Washington: Chapter One

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This lesson was an introduction to Rhyme Scheme and the short form in Emily Dickenson’s poem, To Make A Prairie.  We worked with AAABB rhyme scheme, wondered if Ms. Dickenson […]