NPM2022 Day 13: Mama Says #ClassroomConnections

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All SeasonsToday, for Classroom Connections, I decided to use my Lion of the Sky poetry collection as a starting point for my sticky note poem. I picked a riddle-ku and used the N+7 exercise to swap out the nouns. (I used this online children’s dictionary, since I don’t have a print dictionary at hand.) Here’s the sticky note poem that resulted, and below are some of the steps of the writing process it went through.

Here’s just the exercise, with the original riddle-ku on top, and the lines with nouns replaced on bottom.
Here’s draft 1, but it felt just like too much for one short poem, and I didn’t like the Wink Emoji vagueness.
And here’s draft 2, with a cell phone talking. I was thinking still about things descending from other things. Thought of my cell phone’s keyboard and the old IBM Selectric I used to type on. And my phone’s camera. Still needs work, but it’s all I’ve got time for right now.

Wouldn’t it be fun to take a poetry book out and try this exercise on a short poem with your students? You could do one N+7 exercise for the whole group, and see what individual poems are inspired by it!

 

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[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]

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  1. Oh my, I remember thinking how much faster our electric typewriter was than the old one. LOL! And the comparison to today’s keyboard makes me LOL, again. (You got me thinking how many changes we’ve seen in our lives. I’m feeling a little old here because I used to think how many changes my grandfather, who was born in 1910, saw in his lifetime.) Your “descending from other things” idea works so well here with history and genes “Aunt Selectric and “Grandpa Kodak”. Excellent! Thank you for sharing your drafts and original. I love the way your mind works. 🙂

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