Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! It’s the time of year where many of us are launching writer’s notebooks with our students. During these first weeks of writing, we want children to become confident writers, to find joy in writing and to see … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Launching the Writer’s Notebook”
The Poetry Sisters’ challenge for this month is to write a tanka in response to or conversation with a poem written by one of the other sisters. Kelly wrote a fabulous article about tankas. Who doesn’t love her analogy that “a tanka is a haiku pulling a trailer?!?” To get ready for the challenge, I’ve … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: A Trio of Tankas”
Theme is often a difficult concept for elementary students. Many children give a single word as the theme and stop there. But I’ve found that exploring several books with the same idea/one word theme, helps students dig in and see the more specific theme of the book. So this week’s text set is a set … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set–Understanding Theme: Books About Friendship”
Earlier this week, Margaret got me thinking about sonnets. I knew I had written one, but had to dig hard at A Year of Reading to find it: Coffee House Sonnet. Turns out it’s from NPM 2010, and I haven’t archived that year’s project over at Poetrepository yet. (Adding that to my to-do list…) We’ve … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: A Sonnet for September”
Three Little Enginesby Bob McKinnonillustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve JohnsonGrosset & Dunlap, 2021review copy provided by the publisher (thanks!) FIRST THE PICTURE BOOK It’s graduation day, and three little engines (Little Blue Engine, Yellow Passenger Engine, and Red Freight Engine) are ready to take their final test and make a solo trip across the … Continue reading “#PoemPairs”
Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! This week’s Text Set focuses on font changes across. This is a great quick study to do early in the school year as it creates access points into mentor texts for all readers and writers. The books … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Studying Font Across Genres”
Margaret gave the Inklings quite a challenge this month! We wrote ghazals, (Hindi: ग़ज़ल, Arabic: غَزَل, Bengali: গজল, Urdu: غزَل, Persian: غزل, Azerbaijani: qəzəl, Turkish: gazel, Uzbek: gʻazal, Gujarati: ગઝલ) an ancient Arabic poetry form with five delightfully complicated rules. I found Ravishing DisUnities by Agha Shahid Ali VERY helpful. This collection of ghazals by 100+ poets (including Diane Ackerman, W.S. Merwin, and Maxine Kumin, just to name a few of the … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Ghazal for Your Cats”
Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! This week’s Text Set focuses on writing mentors. Often for writers, it is helpful to see the various ways different writers approach similar topics. Studying the possibilities is important in all genres and formats of writing. This … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set-Writing Mentors: How Do Different Writers Approach Similar Topics?”
The Poetry Sisters’ challenge for August was to write a What the ____ Knows poem either after the style of Jane Yolen’s eight line, rhyming poem, “What the Bear Knows,” a poem written in honor of her 400th book, Bear Outside, or after the style of Joyce Sidman’s “Higher Power” poems which she introduced in Michelle Barnes’ … Continue reading “Poetry Friday — What Do You Know?”
Today’s prompt at the Ethical ELA Open Write is to create a one-sentence poem. Such an easy way in. I read back through my notebook until I found an entry that had a bit that seemed like it could be a poem. QUIET WATERS In that last year, I circled the lake, investigating every cove … Continue reading “Slice of Life”
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