Riddle-Ku! [simple twist]

Riddle-ku (National Poetry Month 2014)

 

Riddle-Ku of the Day

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Without me, a door
is an unmoving, flat wall
I’m a simple twist
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
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HINT 1:

 

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HINT 2:

 

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Photos by Laura Purdie Salas

TITLE (AND ANSWER):

DOOR KNOB

 

[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.

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Riddle-ku: Book 2 in the 30 Painless Classroom Poems series

16 Responses

  1. I like you first two lines this one was easy I know it befor seeing the clues

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Jessica! Love knowing which ones come easy and which ones don’t!

  2. I like you first two lines this one was easy I know it befor seeing the clues

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Jessica! Love knowing which ones come easy and which ones don’t!

  3. Ha! My excuse is I am multi-tasking and got up late!! I went to hinge. That was my vision and I am stick to it. Twist? Well, I thought, that’s an interesting take on the way a hinge works. Got me and LOVE it.
    These are fun. And show the wide possibility of poetry and haiku.
    THanks,
    Laura.
    When I can get back into school, I will share these. Two much testing and vacation.…

    1. Hinge is a brilliant answer–and totally didn’t enter my mind! My last line was originally “Twist me–walk through walls” or something like that. I think I should have kept that. Boo on testing; yay on vacation! And thanks for the feedback. I’m loving hearing what people guess first.

  4. Ha! My excuse is I am multi-tasking and got up late!! I went to hinge. That was my vision and I am stick to it. Twist? Well, I thought, that’s an interesting take on the way a hinge works. Got me and LOVE it.
    These are fun. And show the wide possibility of poetry and haiku.
    THanks,
    Laura.
    When I can get back into school, I will share these. Two much testing and vacation.…

    1. Hinge is a brilliant answer–and totally didn’t enter my mind! My last line was originally “Twist me–walk through walls” or something like that. I think I should have kept that. Boo on testing; yay on vacation! And thanks for the feedback. I’m loving hearing what people guess first.

  5. This was easy to me too, but you need some that helps kids get the idea of what kind of clues to pay attention to. I love the variety you’re choosing too, Laura.

    1. Thank you, Linda. I was definitely going for a variety of skill levels. Wanted the kindergartners to be able to get some even without the photos, and definitely with the photos. And then wanted older students to be able to get some no problem but have at least a few that were challenging. I think the key is that I’m discovering from feedback that a few don’t have clues specific enough. I want each poem, like a mystery, to be solvable if one pays enough attention. Not just guessable, but solvable. Thank you for the thoughts!

  6. This was easy to me too, but you need some that helps kids get the idea of what kind of clues to pay attention to. I love the variety you’re choosing too, Laura.

    1. Thank you, Linda. I was definitely going for a variety of skill levels. Wanted the kindergartners to be able to get some even without the photos, and definitely with the photos. And then wanted older students to be able to get some no problem but have at least a few that were challenging. I think the key is that I’m discovering from feedback that a few don’t have clues specific enough. I want each poem, like a mystery, to be solvable if one pays enough attention. Not just guessable, but solvable. Thank you for the thoughts!

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