Teachers, last week I posted about a picture book I love, My Blue Is Happy, by Jessica Young. It would be fun to take this book and then brainstorm what you see each color as and write a list poem based on it. You could dim the lights and project a solid screen of each color while you brainstorm (or let kids individually mind map) things they associate with that color. Encourage kids to get concrete, touchable items in their poems, so they don’t become just a list of emotions. Abstract words are the enemy of poetry. They’re the enemy of all vivid writing, in fact.
Red is a roller coaster, swervy and curvy and wild Orange is a monkey bar show-off, shouting, ?Look at me!? Yellow is never-ending’summer, hot and boring and sweaty Green is a forest, quiet and still--a?mystery Blue is a river, moving but always in the same direction Indigo is the night’sky, vast and endless Violet is light bouncing off a crystal ball, magic and quick
--Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved