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Sharing Poetry

I thought it was time to start sharing some poetry with you. I love writing poems. It’s a great way to introduce young children to sounds, rhythm and rhyme. As they get older, poetry is a great way for preteens and teens (along with every year beyond) to express themselves with out all of the rules of conventions. They can freely explore their creative side and the possibilities are endless.

Discussing poems from a very early age allows students to begin critically thinking and exploring what the author’s message is.

These are all original poems I have written. Please feel free to share them with your students. Also, encourage them to write their own poems.

A few general questions:

  1. How does the poem make you feel? Why?
  2. Are you able to use your other senses to understand the poem? Which ones and how?
  3. When authors use metaphors and smilies, how can they help you and make the poem more interesting?
  4. Does the poem have a message?
  5. Do you like to read/ write this type of poetry?

Here are a few free verse poems:

Wrapped

Paper thin

In shades of color

Depths of pigment

Never revealing

What gifts are on the inside

In the heart

Until you see

Past what the body

Is wrapped in.

~ Jayne Peters

 

 

campfire poem

 

Darkness

I feel like a cloud
Floating effortlessly in the sky
As the darkness surrounds me
Like a magician’s cloak
I am protected

~Jayne Peters

 

Here is a sample of a more detailed acrostic poem.

My Childhood Home

Long walks on the shore

In my bare feet

Feeling the waves as they crash, washing away sand

Exploring the caves

A big gob of spit on a rock to make paint

The jellyfish that are left stranded when the tide goes out

Too many marshmallows for roasting

Heat from the campfire as my feet start to blister

Every kid in the field joins in

Covering myself in mud at low tide

Overly smooth sea glass and interesting shells

The life jackets, always in the boat

Turning out the lights and reading under the covers

A huge garden out back where I ate peas by the handful

Getting to spend time with my family

Enjoying every moment.

~Jayne Peters

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Let’s Talk About Books

I LOVE READING! I’m keeping a running list of the middle readers/ young adult books I’ve been enjoying since November. The problem is that my stack of books to read is getting higher and higher. What a great problem to have! Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 4.43.00 PM.png

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Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond

Leatherback Blues by Karen Hood-Caddy

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Write This Down by Claudia Mills

Wish by Barbara O’Connor

The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by Ryan K. Sager

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

The List by Patricia Forde

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Pretty by Justin Sayre

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Gifted by Gordon Korman

Restart by Gordon Korman

Slacker by Gordon Korman

The Unteachables by Gordan Korman

WhatsHisFace by Gordan Korman

 

On my list to read/ currently reading:

Sticky Notes by Dianne Touchell

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Schooled by Gordon Korman

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

The Last Days of Summer by Lamar Giles

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

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Daily Writing Prompts

daily writesWould you be interested in a daily writing prompt to encourage your students or children to write? The prompts may lead to a list, a few sentences, multiple paragraphs or a whole story. The prompts will encourage different forms of writing.

Your students or children will need a notebook (or staple some pages together) so that you can look back on the writing they do throughout the month.

It’s a good idea to discuss the prompt together before they start to write. Let them express their ideas orally first, especially if they are hesitant writers. If you click on the day below (because you can start at any time or pick and choose the prompt you want), it will take you to a page with ideas to go along with your writing (Sometimes all that is there is the prompt, but these will continue to be be updated). You could write at the same time and then share your pieces. Have fun!

Day 18: Make a grocery list. 

Day 17: You have an imaginary pet. Describe it using your senses (What does it look like, sound like, and smell like?). What does it like to do? How did the two of you become friends?

Day 16: What would your own personal flag look like? Draw it. Describe it? What do the colours and symbols represent?

Day 15: You can change any rule.

Day 14: Make a list of your favourite words.

Day 13: Brushing your teeth is something you do several times a day. Write down step by step what you do (and don’t forget to floss).

Day 12: Write facts about your favourite animal. 

Day 11: What would your own personal flag look like? Draw it. Describe it? What do the colours and symbols represent?

Day 10: Pretend someone is interviewing YOU. Write interview questions and answer them.

Day 9: Tell the story of how the ladybug got her spots or how the elephant got his long trunk.

Day 8: Think of a kind gesture someone has done and write them a thank you letter.

Day 7: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Day 6: Make a list highlighting all the things you love about yourself.

Day 5: Draw a map of your “dream” room and label it.

Day 4: You’ve invented a magic suitcase. Now what will you do with it?

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Day 3: In what ways do you want to be like everyone else and in what ways do you want to be different? Why?

Day 2You met someone who has never built a snowman. Write the directions, step by step, to build the best snowman ever! Then draw a picture of it.

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Remember to include the pretzels for eyes, if that’s what you used.

*There are student samples that were sent to me. Have a look!

Day 1:  If you could be any colour crayon what colour would you be and why?

*There are student samples that were sent to me. Have a look!

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My Summer Reading List

One of my plans this summer is to read as much as I possibly can. I am going to start a list and I’ll keep adding to it throughout the summer. I would also love to hear your recommendations (keeping in mind that I like kid’s stuff the best).

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Books I’ve Read

The Skin i’m in by Sharon G. Flake

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

(I loved all 4 of them! Here is a link to Lowry’s page: http://www.loislowry.com/index.php?option=com_djcatalog2&view=items&cid=4:the-quartet&cid=4:the-quartet&Itemid=185)

Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass

I am also reading The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh along with articles and books related to school and teaching.

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New Messy Jessy Illustrations

Diane Lucas has taken on the task of creating Messy Jessy in Messy Jessy Gets Active. Jessy’s joyous and creative personality shines through, even in the initial sketches. This is one of my favorite sketches. I can’t wait to see it in color! I’m sure my time in the rink, watching hockey games, isn’t causing any bias.

I love that Jessy uses her imagination and creates her own fun throughout the whole book. She still has her bike helmet on from her adventures on the previous page. This sketch will make a great coloring page.Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 8.33.54 PM.

You can learn more about Diane Lucas by visiting her website at http://www.lucasillustration.com/index.html.