Graphic organizers, templates, frameworks, checklists. Sometimes they really fit the need. Most of my intermediate students and I appreciate the guidance when it comes to connecting, creating, and, most importantly, falling in love with poetry. The latter was missing when I was in school, and so teaching poetry is out of my comfort zone.
Poetry prompts are my salvation. Last year it was “Where I’m From”. Today @HeidiSiwak tweeted this bentlily site. So while it’s not completely original, models help our students taste the beauty of poetry, embedded with their own voice. We model for our students. So here’s my version:
The Art of Noticing My Life
I used to worry I was too candid
I used to believe life was frenetic
I used to wish I was linguistic
Then one day
I looked out my window
and saw a cat
I nearly choked
on the epiphany
we arrive inside
there is nothing to be done
so fill it with confidence
let it brim
I was literally looking out the window while writing this. Here’s Luna, the silky-soft cat. My students are going to love this. Thanks, Heidi.