Thank you, Linda B. at TeacherDance for rounding up all the poetry goodness this week.
This week upon arrival to the school I was subbing at, the person was there and gave me the opportunity to write poetry with her two fifth grade classes. I think it caught the students off guard (especially first thing in the morning and they are less familiar with me than my former school). I made some adjustments and the second class took off.
I used the lesson from the poetry of Janet Wong’s A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED AND MORE. It’s food poems are the best to lead off for writing to poems.
I like using the “Skinny”poem format as it’s quick in a short time space (30 minutes). Everyone has a strong reaction to food that being you either love or hate particular foods.
The ‘Skinny” poem consists of eleven lines. Three lines are the SAME word (in this case food). The first and the last line should be the same sentence. The remaining six lines are single words or a word phrase to describe the food.
These are general instructions for writing and I am not strict about following them as my main goal with students is to experimenting, playing with words, and hopefully a poem will result.
I love seeing the topic choices the students made, Jone. I imagine they had lots of fun writing these! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I enjoyed the prompt for kids and certainly food grabs their interest. What fun poems they wrote! Thanks for sharing this, Jone.
Great prompt! I enjoyed reading the poems!
I enjoyed reading the student’s poems. I am a retired Teacher Librarian who subs a couple of days a week. Thank you so much for sharing this idea for poetry writing. I will add it to my bag of tricks!
Oh, what delights! What deLIGHTS! Beautiful for the writing and the reading and the community of poets.
Jone, it must have been fun playing with poetry with a group of students. They created wonderful skinny poems. Thanks for sharing.
Clearly, writing about food was a good pick to get the kids engaged and writing! so much fun!
What a lucky group of students. They did a great job! Nature and food are my two favorite poetry topics 🙂
How fun! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
A delicious batch of poems! And three of them wrote about sushi—wow. I would NOT have liked sushi as a 5th grader. (Did they even have sushi when I was a fifth grader???)
A lot of kids eat sushi…it surprises me. I am not a.fan.
Sounds like they had a lot of fun writing these Jone, thanks for sharing them!
So smart to use this form for a food poem. I hear the rhythm of chewing!