SOL16 Day 20 of 31: Playing Editor

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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

Mellisa R.
4th grade

Fantastic python

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.

Milina W.
3rd grade

And for National Poetry Month some will be published at Check It Out, my school blog.

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9 Responses to SOL16 Day 20 of 31: Playing Editor

  1. cvarsalona says:

    I can’t wait to receive my postcard, Jone. Perhaps, your little poets can write poems for my next gallery (working on Winter Wanderings as we speak).

  2. MaryHill says:

    I loved reading my students’ works too. They made me proud. Your students are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Veronica says:

    I’m thrilled about coming here! We’re starting our poetry unit tomorrow, so thank you so much for your resources! Tomorrow is World Poetry Day! Thank you!

  4. Lori Sheroan says:

    My students love poetry; and I’m always grateful for new ideas! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy editing!

  5. Poetry gives students a new voice. Thanks for sharing the resources, I will use them!

  6. Linda Baie says:

    Love hearing about all the poems being written, Jone. It’s always a wonderful surprise in my mailbox. Thanks for all you do for this project!

  7. I love the idea of a “sneaky python” – a huge snake trying to lay low, under the radar. Reminds me of Shel Silverstein’s poetic juxtapositions.

  8. Thank you for sharing the poetry resources and your students’ words!

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