Tip #7: Walk and Stop
Walk around the room as you read, and then STOP moving at the most important, powerful part of the poem. Kids will naturally be following your progress, and when you suddenly stop, they will pay attention to what’s happening.
When reading the poem draft below that is today’s 15 Words or Less poem, for example, I would probably stop moving just before “forever?” There’s no one right word to choose, though. Just quickly read through your poem and think, which word do I want to make sure kids notice? That’s the one you stop moving for.
Now, for my 15 Words or Less writers–and anybody else who would like to join in–it’s another 15 Words or Less flashback to 2007!
Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!
Here’s a picture I took in Chicago’s Field Museum (I love that place) and my poem draft, circa 2007!? This image makes me think of:
1) the gritty texture of stone
2) how I would tell my day in hieroglyphics
3)? living statues that you see in areas of street performers, stuck there for what seems like forever!
And here’s my?first draft.
Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?