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This time of year I am engrossed in one of my favorite things about teaching. I get to teach poetry in the library by integrating it with what students are learning in the classroom. This weekend I am editing the poems to send out into the world and prepare them as postcards.
For third grade, we researched animals so we could write animal poems. Fourth grade wrote poems about the Lewis and Clark expedition. One class explored important African Americans. Fifth grade had written poems in class so they elected their favorite and shared it with me.
These poems serve many purposes. They will be submitted to the Young American Poetry Digest for publication. And if selected and if they get their permission form in, they’ll be published poets.
The other thing that these poems will be used for is the Eighth Annual Poetry Postcard Project. Students create postcards with the poems and they are sent out during National Poetry Month. If you want one, click HERE.
Here are a couple samples of what you might get in the mail during April:
Lewis’s dog Seaman
I am as fast as a cheetah
I dive and swim in the water catching fish
Seaman is Lewis’ fast companion
He’s fast and brave
I am a python as slithery as a worm.
Sliding, biting, choking are ways that I hunt.
I dislocate my jaw to swallow my food whole.
Sneaky python molurus.
And for National Poetry Month some will be published at Check It Out, my school blog.