I’m excited about April, National Poetry Month! I can’t remember if I’ve ever done an original poem a day for April, but that’s what I’m going to do this time. I’m going to be sharing some riddle haiku–or riddle-ku. I know. Riddle-kulous, right? Anyway, I wanted to give you a peek at what I’ll be doing, and I’m hoping to spread the word so that educators might choose to take a couple of minutes a day to share my poem as a classroom activity.
Riddle-Ku of the DayMountain has a mouth?
a stretched wide, gaping black hole
devouring small cars –Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved ?
TITLE (AND ANSWER):
So, each day will feature the haiku, a close-up photo, a regular photo, and then the title/answer. I’m showing them in reverse order so that if you’re sharing on a SMART board or screen, you can start at the top of the post and work your way down, revealing the clues and then the answer one step at a time.
By or on April 1, I’ll also post some tips for using these with your students in case you’re not super comfortable with poetry. All the objects will be common (in fact, tunnel is probably one of the more obscure ones), and I’m trying to keep the poems accessible?for kids from?kindergarten on up. Older kids probably won’t need the photos as much. Anyway, more info to come…please share with any educators friends you think might be interested! Thanks:>)
[Educators, please click here to see a roundup of the entire month’s riddle-ku and also to get suggestions for using these riddle-ku with your students.]
UPDATE: My riddle-ku are now available in Kindle and paperback as Riddle-ku: Haiku for Very Close Reading (along with tons of great auxiliary materials for teachers), part of the 30 PAINLESS CLASSROOM POEMS series.