Posted tagged ‘Poetry Month’

Let Your Spirits Soar!

April 30, 2020

During this unusual time in which we’re living, I thought I’d post something light and uplifting. So, in honor of the end of Poetry Month and the beginning of May, I give you…

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May is pretty, May is mild,

Dances like a happy child;

Sing out, robin; spring out, flowers;

April went with all her showers,

And the world is green again;

Come out, children to the glen,

To the meadows, to the wood,

For the earth is clean and good

And the sky is clear and blue,

And bright May is calling you!

May is pretty, May is mild,

Dances like a happy child,

On a blessed holiday,

Come out, children, join the play!

~ Annette Wynne

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Have a beautiful May Day!

It’s Poetry Month!

April 3, 2014

Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, has always been a favorite of mine. With only seventeen syllables in the entire poem, its simplicity is deceiving. Usually written about nature, crafting a haiku that speaks to its readers takes thought and creativity.

The book, The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons, written by Sid Farrar and illustrated by Ilse Plume is an excellent way to introduce young readers and writers to a specific form of poetry. The author writes about the changing canvas of the earth as winter, spring, summer, and fall come and go. Accompanying the seasonal poems are beautiful illustrations by Ilse Plume. The book lends itself to teaching syllables and experiencing the glories of nature as it wakes up from a long winter’s nap and evolves throughout the year. I recommend this book as a way to celebrate nature and Poetry Month.

 

Poetry Friday

April 20, 2012

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat.” ~Robert Frost

During the month of April, I’ve been introducing various types of poetry to my library students. We’ve discussed how imagination, word choice, rhythm, and emotion are important elements in poetry. Here’s a sampling from some students who took the challenge to write a poem.

With a bit of help from me, first graders worked together to create these simple, but fun poems.

Flower

Nectar

Buds

Flower power, spring shower.

Trees

Leaves

Green

Trees grow, very slow.

Apple

Red

Stem

Apple seeds, water needs.

Other students tried Haiku and a Cinquain.

Where sea turtles swim

Where sharks rule the seven seas

Is a place for me   ~Samuel Grade 3

Freedom is not free

You have to fight for its price

I thank the veterans   ~Erin Grade 5

Swishing back and forth

This field – silent and peaceful

Never to be left   ~Matteo Grade 4

Grape

Juicy, wrinkled

Rolls, crunches, shrinks

Juicy or dried fruit

Raisin   ~Sawm Grade 5

Writing is never easy, but you have to begin somewhere. I applaud these students for taking the challenge.


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