April may be Poetry Month, but I’m so enjoying reading and writing poetry in May with my class.
Here are some comments overheard in my class today as students wrote poems:
“Z. wrote a reverso!”
“Dude, this is soooo good!”
“I’m starting a new poem and I think I’m going to do really good on it.”
“I need 5 minutes more…please!” begged a student urgently as I announced there were about two minutes left. ” This is the end of my free verse poem.”
“I want to work on using better words. I want to make sure my reader sees what I want them to see.”
“Mrs. Hogan, we have to read you this. It’s so sad and so good! It’s a free verse poem.”
His friend and co-author piped up, “It’s two perspectives!”
“Can you think of another word for beach? Beaches are sandy and I’m thinking more of rocks and stuff, not sand….maybe… shore?”
“I have to read you my sky poem.”
The most wonderful thing is that poetry feels accessible to my students, and they are energized by the freedom intrinsic in it. Students are burning to share their work and eager to make changes to improve it. They are making very deliberate choices as they write and considering the impact on their reader. Conversations about craft moves are common and there’s a general air of happy productivity and positive energy in the room. It’s delightful!
Ahhh….The magic of poetry at work!