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Anthology of Student Verse
 
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how-to
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on June 19, 2011 - 10:23pm.
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"How-to" poems are simply poems that somehow use the format of instructions, often in surprising ways. "How to See Deer" by Philip Booth is a how-to poem that also has some interesting structures: it's written in enjambed tercets...simply, three-line stanzas (tercets) that have sentences which wrap around and continue from one stanza to the next (enjambment). Students also connected with the natural imagery in the piece. See the poem here to see what I mean.

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"my power has magic" - Supercollabs
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on June 8, 2011 - 12:59am.
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Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton like to write poems together, like this one--"Exquisite Candidate"--where they write in the voice of a very strange candidate for President.

Duhamel sometimes speaks about the "third voice," the new poetry that emerges when writers work off of each other. What happens when two people say yes, take each others' ideas and run with them, open to surprise? Some very strange and amazing superheroes, that's what.

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"...dream I know the meaning of what I hear"
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on June 8, 2011 - 12:04am.
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All year long we've worked on our imagery and trying to engage with the senses, but we hadn't yet focused on onomatopoeia: words that reflect the sound of what they are (splash, hit, smack, plop, thump, crack...). We started by focusing on the sounds found in Li-Young Lee's "Falling: The Code." I asked our fifth-graders to write a poem describing an "unseen" sound.

Room 329, 5th grade

Creaking
Hannah C.

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in my kingdom: Li-Young Lee part 1.
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on April 28, 2011 - 1:34pm.
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This session, we kicked off our two-week author focus on Li-Young Lee. Starting with "My Favorite Kingdom," we worked on creating specific, thought-provoking images. Check out what we have in our favorite kingdom.

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Re:Vision
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on April 8, 2011 - 7:46pm.
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I was very excited to learn that Tarkington School is putting together a literary magazine! What a great excuse to spend a day reflecting on the writing we've collected, and revising a piece to make it even better. Take a look at some of our dazzling second drafts.

Room 329, 5th grade

I used to be
Alexis R.

I used to be a canoe, but now I
am a ship looking at the world.

I used to be hairy, but now I am
close to bald.

I used to be a frog, but now
I've become a toad.

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Delicious
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on April 2, 2011 - 5:53pm.
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Reading "Ode to the Watermelon" by Pablo Neruda, we wrote our own poems of passion for our favorite foods.

Room 329, 5th grade

Oda para la sandía
Aranza A.

Es roja y dulce
como la miel
es jugosa como
la lluvia
sus semillas
como un

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The Elegy
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on March 22, 2011 - 9:47am.
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An elegy is a poem lamenting a loss, usually grieving someone's death.

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Origins
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on March 11, 2011 - 4:19pm.
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I have been thinking a lot about how every superhero has a back story, or "origin story," of where they came from and how they became the person they are now. Every person has an origin story like this, a story that we are continually writing as we live and remember our lives.

Using the classic "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon as a starting place, our 5th-graders wrote exploring their own origins, and how they make us the person we are today.

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I'm From A
Brandon M.

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Library
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on March 6, 2011 - 10:29pm.
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Today we explored the list poem with selections from "Library" by Albert Goldbarth. After his poem was published, many other poets added to his list with their own verses. So did we!

To create the poems below, I asked students to mark the line or stanza that they thought was the strongest. I included at least one line from each student in these collaborations.



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This book smells like dirty gym socks.
This book is my future. This book is my life.
This book is sad, I never stopped
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tools in the box
Submitted by Rachel Javellana on February 24, 2011 - 9:00pm.
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Today we took a break from our usual pattern, and focused on a rapid-fire variety of short prompts, as tools to generate text or ideas for a new poem. These included acrostic poetry, writing a dream you remember, and writing lists of rhyming words. Some fabulous fragments resulted, including some really far-out, almost surreal verses. Check it out!


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Anarelys C.

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