Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I hope you had an awesome Poetry Month. I did. It was super busy with lots of visits to schools and libraries. However, I’m way behind on blog reading, and I especially am a bit sad that I missed out on so many terrific online Poetry Month blogs. Hope to catch up on some of my blog reading soon!
One of the highlights of my month was this email I got from Mrs. Angie Rider, a fifth-grade teacher in Minnesota. She said, in part:
Around the March Madness that was taking place in March, my class decided to do a poetry tournament where they would listen to many different forms of poetry as they were learning about each one and decide which poems to move forward on our LARGE classroom brackets. As you can see on the photo that is attached, there were many great poems and poets shared with the students to illustrate couplets, quatrains, cinquains, concrete, acrostic, etc. A couple of your poems from Do Buses Eat Kids and BookSpeak! moved forward several brackets. The final winner was ?Oh, Did You Need That Homework?? The students felt that poetry was one of their favorite writing units this year as they could express themselves in many different ways and use a voice of their choice to share something with other readers. My class wanted to extend a big thank you to you and other poets for inspiring them to enjoy the art of poetry writing and say congratulations for winning our final brackets in our poetry tournament.
How. Awesome. Is. That? And they sent this picture, which I’m sharing with permission.
Really, there’s not much a writer likes to hear more than, “I liked your writing.” Getting an email from a teacher and her kids–that is totally amazing. When you as a teacher share something like this with a writer, you inspire and cheer that person. Thank you so much!
And, here’s the poem, which is from Do Buses Eat Kids? Poems About School (Capstone, 2008).
Here I am reading it, too. I did a short Skype with Mrs. Rider’s class, and I got to read them this poem, which was fun. I haven’t read it in years! And I got to hear a fun poem by one of the students and answer a few writing questions. What a nice connection for me to make.
Thank you, Mrs. Rider and 5th-graders, for celebrating poetry and for your lovely email, poem, and Skype chat!
And don’t forget to visit Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty for the Poetry Roundup. Enjoy!