I am thrilled to be hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup for the first time. Please leave your links and descriptions in the comments, and I will be summarizing and adding them to the post during the day. Thanks for joining!
Quick introduction: My name is Katie, and I'm a third grade language arts and social studies teacher in Wisconsin. I have been blogging for a year, and several years back I instituted the practice of a weekly Poetry Friday with my students. It has been one of the greatest decisions I've made as a teacher, and it has had a dramatic impact on my classroom and my kids! (You can read more about The Power of Poetry Friday here.)
I love sharing reading, writing, and cultural resources for upper elementary school teachers. Many of my Poetry Friday posts feature mentor texts and picture books with inspiring poems for student and adult writers alike!
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It
If you are ever at a loss for poetry inspiration, then this is the book for you! Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: false apology poems is written by Gail Carson Levine and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Based on the This Is Just To Say poem by William Carlos Williams (click here for that poem), the book provides a plethora of "false apology poems," many from the perspective of well-known literary or fairy tale characters.
This book is an excellent resource for reluctant writers, as everyone enjoys an excuse to let their creativity wander into naughty or rude situations! I found found that even third graders can appreciate sarcasm and irony when phrased in this way.
Here are just a few student selections to get your creative juices flowing.
This is just to say By: Norah and Hayat
I wore your
That your grandpa
Your pet dog
I took it off
To get something
Outside. I laid
It on the
Couch but then
Your dog started
To chew on it.
I put it in the bed
When the dog was
The dog chewed it to
Pieces. I didn’t mean to
Do any of that.
Marker by: Ava
I stole your marker
while you were using it
if I didn’t have your marker
I wouldn’t have finished my drawing on time.
THIS IS JUST TO SAY… by Laila
This is just to say…
I’m sorry I chewed up your favorite teddy bear
but it was your fault
you spilt peanut butter on him
at breakfast this morning - the dog
And finally, a false apology poem from me.
This is just to say
I have deleted
left on the blog
you were probably
my mouse loves
Happy Poetry Friday!
Great Poem Resources for Kids and Teachers (and Everyone)
Sally Murphy is sharing Ogden Nash's poem The Duck along with a photograph and thoughts on ducks.
Reading to the Core is sharing a Joyce Sidman diamante about bacteria.
Margaret at Reflections on the Teche provides a poetry challenge based on cards drawn from Apples to Apples. Come add your own contribution!
Penny Parker Klostermann extends her grand nephew and great aunt series to others and shares an original haiku-origami collaboration.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at the Poem Farm shares an original free verse poem about collecting poems and invites readers to collaborate on a Padlet of favorite poems.
Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy shares three original rounds inspired by Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
Rebecca J. Gomez shares an amazingly grotesque poem from Judy Sierra's Monster Goose.
Original Poems Inspired by ...
Donna at Mainely Write is sharing an original poem by Tabatha Yeatts as part of the Summer Poetry Swap. As as part of the swap, Linda at Teacher Dance is sharing an original poem by Diane Mayr, written with inspiration from a sunset photograph of Linda's. What a wonderful exercise to see what poems your blog inspires in others!
The Poetry Sisters are offering up poems this week in the style of e.e. cummings. Liz in Ink shares an original poem about motherhood, while Andromeda Jazmon at a Wrung Sponge is sharing her own e.e. cummings-inspired poem. Laura Puride Salas takes spring as the inspiration for her fall poem, and Sara at Read Write Believe celebrates the power of dusk in her original poem. Tanita Davis brings the portmanteau of "saditty" to her e.e. cummings-inspired poem, and Tricia at Miss Rumphius Effect shares a pair of poems also inspired by the recent church shooting in Charleston. Kelly at Writing and Ruminating jumps in with a rollicking account of four stray cats.
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading shares an original photo-illustrated poem about treasured childhood friend.
Kelsey Empfield shares an original poem about time from her first writer's notebook.
Carole Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link is sharing an original poem collage composed as part of a "one little word" challenge as well as invitation to stay tuned for her upcoming Summer Splashings poem gallery.
Sharing Powerful Poems by Others
Laura at Author Amok is sharing two powerful poems, one by the Polish-born poet Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka and another that she translated from the Polish, written by her mother.
Iphigene at Gathering Books is sharing an original poem, Bitter Coffee and Grapefruit, inspired by the death of a drag queen. This is also part of their bimonthly Diversity theme.
Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference is sharing two powerful poems by deaf poets. The video of the poem in sign is especially worth your time!
Matt at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme is celebrating Carol Varsalona's Spring Symphony Gallery, an incredible collection of poems and images - including one of his own.
Diane Mayr is sharing an original illustrated poem, After the Battles of Heaven (And Earth), at Random Noodling and Walt Whitman's A Noiseless Patient Spider over at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet.
Irene Latham is sharing two poems about identify from a collection selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Karen Edmisten shares a Robert Louis Stevenson poem about the joy and imagination that stories bring.
Tara Smith at A Teaching Life shares a summer poem by Mary Oliver that connects to the state of wonder Tara is feeling about her new farmhouse.
Carol at Carol's Corner is sharing a selection of poems by Langston Hughes.
Doraine at Dori Reads is sharing a poem about the mail by W. H. Auden and a suggestion for tracking those pesky email submissions!
Check out some poetry excerpts from Carl Sandburg over at Bildungsroman.
Julie at The Drift Record shares the poem At the Clothesline by James Tate who passed away this week (plus scroll down to her comment for her own original false apology poem).
Please check back during the day for more poetry goodness - or jump down into the comments!
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