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Write an Equation Poem for Valentine’s Day

[Teachers, click here for info about a free Zoom about Oskar’s Voyage with me and illustrator Kayla Harren in March!] Teachers, here’s a fun writing activity you can do with your students, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! These snappy poems are short enough to fit on a handmade card!

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NPM2022 Day 11: Travel Law #1

Today’s sticky note poem is the result of another exercise, called N+7 (read about it here). Again, I use it as a starting place. Not to write a poem but to give me a springboard into a poem. Below the image, you’ll see a stanza by J. Patrick Lewis, one

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NPM2022 Day 9: Magic Rock

I love rocks, and they show up a lot in my poetry!  Here’s my drafting process. Thanks for reading, and happy National Poetry Month! And if you ended up here by chance, fantastic! Here are a few links you might find helpful. Intro to what I’m doing this National Poetry

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NPM2022 Day 7: The Sun Is Never a Spoon

Tried an exercise with some poet friends where you take a poem and replace every noun with its opposite. And then you see if anything in that new nonsense poem sparks an idea for you. Here’s the draft I ended up with, followed by the oppositified poem :>) Thanks for

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A We Belong Poem Template for Classrooms

My biggest hopes for We Belong are that it gets used to spark good discussions and to create community. So I’ve created a template for you to use with your students to write a classroom or family poem. I used this template at the book launch and on some recent

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Make an Equation Poem Valentine

Why not write an equation poem for someone you love for Valentine’s Day? These snappy poems are short enough to fit on a handmade card! Just pick a person to make your valentine for. my sister Patty Brainstorm lists of specific things about your person. loves: funny movies dark chocolate

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Ready to Write Some Zoo-Ku? #ClassroomConnections

I so love it when kids (or grown-ups) do their own writing inspired by something I wrote! A virtual book club of 2nd graders at Spradley Elementary in Frisco, TX, read Lion of the Sky and wrote their own zoo-ku in response. Aren’t those fabulous? Can you guess the animals?

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Things To Do If… Student Poems

Last Friday, I was part of a literacy event in Stewartville, MN, called Hot Reads for Cold Nights. Wow. There were 500 or so people there, and organizer Renita Irvin had so many things going on: book exchanges, food, storytellers, silent auctions, and a ton of other stuff. What a

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