|Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" |
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by
Two Writing Teachers.
Here's a quick look at a few selected student responses:
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth:
"This is one of my favorite poems. I love the way it rhymes, and the way it's worded. I love how I can imagine the 'golden daffodils . . . Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.'"
"Poet's Tree" by Shel Silverstein
"This poem has always been one of my favorites because I love to read underneath a big tree in my backyard and lately I have been reading a lot of poetry underneath it. The tree is like a big umbrella blocking everything else out so I can just worry about reading and nothing else."
"Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost
"I felt chills over my body when I read this out loud - 'Shook down on me.' It was a trembling sort of feeling with a happy ending you could say."
While student anthologies include Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Kenn Nesbitt, I'm delighted to find William Blake's "Tyger, Tyger," as well as poems by Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson in many anthologies.
This student's annotated copy of a Robert Louis Stevenson poem (new to me) captures the joy he discovered in "Summer Sun!"
This year, one student included a prize-winning poem written by his mother when she was twelve years old. Another student included a poem because his dad shared it with him. Knowing that his project often involves the entire family in a poetry scavenger hunt is a wonderful by-product of this assignment.
Whenever I think of abandoning this project due to the time investment it requires (for my students and for me), I remember this parent note from two years ago:
"Just wanted to thank you for prompting our family to explore poetry! S. really let this project get away from him (he seemed to think that he had a lot more time than he actually did...) but, as a result, we had SO much fun reading poems together!! S., I., and I spent an amazing afternoon in our hammock yesterday, reading poetry aloud to each other. We must have read 100 poems! It was an afternoon that changed our feelings about poetry."
I still recall "The Sugarplum Tree" from 2nd grade in Mrs. Trutmann's classroom, "Little Orphan Annie" from 4th grade in Mrs. Lewallen's classroom, and "Outwitted" from Mrs. Powers" 7th grade poetry packet. Hopefully, some of my students will recall the time we spent exploring poetry together as a catalyst for a lifelong love of poetry!