Tagged with creative poetry lessons

Animal Ark

Animal Ark

Sometimes when I walk through a bookstore, a book just calls out to me. It isn’t what I was looking for. More often than not, it isn’t something I need. But it calls, none-the-less. That is what happened with Kwame Alexander’s Animal Ark. Theoretically, Animal Ark is a children’s book. It certainly is appealing to … Continue reading

Pop Sonnets: Shakespeare Meets Top 40

Pop Sonnets: Shakespeare Meets Top 40

Apparently Shakespeare is in the air. (OK, I suppose Shakespeare is always in the air somewhere). But now, right on the heels of my falling in love with the song “Will Power” from Something Rotten, NPR features the release of Erik Didriksen’s Pop Sonnets. Pop Sonnets is an outgrowth of Didriksen’s Tumblr, where every Thursday … Continue reading

Messing Around on the Monkey Bars

Messing Around on the Monkey Bars

Recently a middle school friend sent me a text, “First day of school 😦 .” I understand. While first-days-of-school can be filled with excitement, new school supplies, and the hope of better things, school routines can feel stifling after weeks of unfettered exploration. No more time for “messing around.” It is time for the serious … Continue reading

Cowboy Poetry

Cowboy Poetry

Do you teach poetry? Do you teach about these men? I started to blog about cowboy poetry, but really what I want to say is, go here. Read this. Listen to the story, or scroll down to the bottom and read the transcript. Read the poems. Aren’t they beautiful? It’s a far cry from what … Continue reading

A Poke in the I for Poetic Fun

A Poke in the I for Poetic Fun

I love concrete poetry. The combination of poetry and art speaks to me—and I love the way it gives students with differing strengths a chance to shine. Concrete poetry is the graffiti of the poetry world—its messages as much graphic as literary. Recently I ran across a wonderful collection of concrete poems for all ages, … Continue reading

An Awesome Book of Love and Other Valentine Delights

An Awesome Book of Love and Other Valentine Delights

It’s time for Valentine’s Day–that celebration of all things heart-shaped that brightens the depths of seemingly endless winter. I’ve written several previous posts on creative Valentine’s Day activities— check the Valentine’s posts from 2012 and 2013. I’m still waiting to hear who presented the best case for another body part to take over as ambassador of … Continue reading

National Poetry Month: What Will You Create?

National Poetry Month: What Will You Create?

April is National Poetry Month! Have you written a poem yet? There are Poetry Month activities that allow budding poets of all ages to exercise their creativity. Older students and bloggers might want to participate in NaPoWriMo.net’s write-a-poem-a-day challenge. Check the NaPoWriMo’s blog for prompts and examples throughout the month. Or try something simpler. One … Continue reading