Collaborative Creativity

Last week Shoesmith 4th graders read Kwame Alexander’s How to Write a Poem, and then worked collaboratively to create poems inspired by our discussions.

Ms. Lehner
4th Grade – Group 1

Roaring into Poetry

Let words dance with joy
not with fear, be brave
for your bravery can fight fear
like a lion fighting prey
rrrooarring into action

rrrooarring into the sun getting
hotter and brighter
like a flashlight in a dark forest
showing every single sleeping bat
in a black cave

the words show everyone where to go
onto a road of blazing pencils
that are sharp than 1000 knives

Let words dance with joy
wiggle wiggle wiggle
stomping and clapping with alliteration,
repetition, and personification


4th Grade – Group 2

Recipe for a Poem

16 cups of writing
8 pots of perfect handwriting, a handful of cursive writing
2 ounces of creativity
2 pinches of the blues
9 tablespoons of surprises
a heaping tablespoon of personality
a sprinkle of imagination
add a spice of figurative language
sautée the entire thing with emotion
add freshly ground stanzas
serve on hot plates
with tub of BBQ sauce
add some lumpy lizard lettuce




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.