Inspiration can come from the oddest places and at the strangest times.
I don’t use a lot of commercially made charts and posters in my classroom, but my Kindergarten writers really like this “Stretch a Sentence” chart. (I think it’s the puppy, honestly!) It visually supports them as they attempt to write more detailed sentences. As I walked into my classroom yesterday, my head spinning with Poetry Month ideas, I wondered if this structure might be used to craft a poem.
During my Writer’s Workshop mini lesson, I shared my idea and my students were excited to give it a try. Working as a whole class, we crafted this poem together about the cardinals that visit our classroom feeder often. Not bad. I love the “bird feast!”
When we moved to our “10 minutes of no teacher help” writing stamina building time, I gave it a whirl by myself, drawing from words on the “bird” page of my classroom writer’s notebook. During partner feedback time, I received some wonderful “glows” and “grows” from my table partners. One “grow” encouraged me to add a second stanza. I think I will!
Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life each Tuesday.