Well we've made it though the month with daily poetry exercises that I hope will take some of the intimidation factor out of playing with poetry. For this last day, I'd like to share another poem modeling exercise that never fails to surprise me when I use it with a class. Take a moment to go read this poem IF by Rudyard Kipling. In the classroom we dissect this poem line by [...]
With the students I usually work with, we do one or two steps forward into touchy territory, and then we go back to something fun and easy. Some kids will continue to go deep and some will take the opportunity for a break and write an easy poem.
I have a collection of ordinary items that I rotate in a basket to bring in for days like these. You can pull something from your junk [...]