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Poets in our Midst

I had the distinct honor of being invited to the writing celebration in Mrs. Jurewicz’s 4th grade classroom.  While sipping on a delicious cup of hot chocolate,  I listened to each fourth grader read a selected poem from their poetry anthologies.  I would like to encourage you to visit their classroom blog to read poetry that creates vivid images and feelings with meaningful word choice and creative phrasing.

Keep writing fourth graders…and thank you inviting me to your celebration!

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April is Poetry Month

I found this wonderful site called GOODY BLOG.  I thought I would share it with you. It is powered by Parents Magazine.

Alphabetica Their recent post features information about National Poetry Month: April.   Our school wide writing program features a poetry unit of study.  Each year, teachers share their surprise and excitement regarding the quality pieces of poetry produced by students in every grade.  Knowing that many teachers save this unit of study for the spring months, I thought you might enjoy this post.

” April was the lucky month dubbed National Poetry Month and told me this: T. S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” It is our hope that National Poetry Month lessens that effect.
So in honor of April, poetry and all the non-weather-resistant shoes stuck in our closets for another 30 days, I present Alphabetica, Odes to the Alphabet. This bright, intricately designed kid’s book dedicates a poem and a picture-filled page to each letter of the alphabet. As a bad-weather bonus, “P” is for puddles. Here’s an excerpt, “Splishy, splashy, getting drenched, puddle-jumping, sopping wet..”  Sopping wet, indeed. ”