Sunday, April 13, 2008

Poetry Month

It's been a busy month so far. I've been working hard to share poetry with my students and fellow teachers. This week I'm doing a workshop on writing poetry inspired by art. I found some great examples of artwork on the internet. I wrote a quick cinquain using a Mary Cassatt painting "Little Girl Sitting in Blue Arm Chair." I haven't thought of a tile yet, but I sure do remember hearing the words, "Wait til your father gets home!" Check out the painting. If it inspires you, I hope you'll share your poem with me.

waiting— wait ing
for Daddy to come home—
Mommy says I’m in big trouble


Middle schoolers are very creative so I can't wait to see what they come up with. I'll share some of their poems later in the week.
I just finished taking Laura Purdie Salas' wonderful Writing Nonfiction for the Educational Market class. Wow! She is a fantastic teacher! Laura gives each of her students one-on-one attention and is generous in sharing resources and information needed to get stared in educational writing. I learned a lot about the business. I plan to send out my first Introductory Packet by the end of the week.

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