magnetic poetry twist with google slides

Everyone loves magnetic poetry sites and slides, especially the great examples Kasey Bell has shared. These inspired me to create a magnetic poetry google slide deck using a favorite book! I love the useful ‘grab text’ feature from google keep. So handy. I used it to lift the text from one page of Harry Potter book one. Then I added the converted text to slides and moved words to tiles for the random poetry activity.  (I didn’t take the time to do the tiles as well as Kasey does in her tutorial). Students can make their own copy of the slides/page you’ve selected for them, or do it themselves with their current interesting read. You could add in a nonfiction text too, use this as an engaging activity to pique interest in the next read aloud… so many ideas and so little time! Even give the challenge of magnetic poetry haiku or cinquain, can’t wait to try more book pages to see what we can come up with. Google slide example with keep here.

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2019 poetry graffiti wall

img_3371I love Poetry Month, and because this was my first year at a new campus I was able to introduce the idea of the poetry wall using graffiti-style acrostic poems to new students. We don’t have the large scale space at this campus to hang up as much as I’d like to, but we made the wall work with some creative input from 5th graders. See my previous poetry posts to show how much I LOVE celebrating poetry every April. The topics are mostly names, and the planning was similar to traditional acrostic poetry, the twist is making the graffiti style display with the work.

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5 reasons poetry month should be every month

Yes, there are so many books to read and genres to celebrate that we have reason to wait until April to write poetry in full force. But poetry has such potential to move us, to call out our most effective words, and to encourage creativity it’s a shame to wait until Spring to celebrate it.  It should happen all year long. 

5 reasons it Should be Poetry YEAR

5. Everyone can write poetry.
It’s true that composing a sonnet is a bit tricky but a haiku, shape poem or blackout poetry is much easier to master. And when kids who think they have no talent as a writer publish their poems it’s a win for all.
Everyone can be a poet (not even going to put in the know it here, bet you already heard it in your head).

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4. Poetry inspires art.
So many talented poets grace their poems with art.  Kids can, too. Especially if we act as role models and bravely share our own work.

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3. Poetry addresses every emotion and mood.
Having a great day? Write a happy poem. Wake on the wrong side of the bed? Or are you just a moody teen? Write a poem. Trying to flatter someone you admire? Poem. Want to skewer someone who wronged you? Limericks are often helpful. Any mood, poems.

I recently had a student write a poem about why she hated books and reading (she was annoyed with having to write anything).  I congratulated her on her great word choice and asked if she’d like to share the poem with others. She was a little confused but agreed to finish it and print it out.
Poetry 1, Bad attitude 0.

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2. Poetry encourages critical reading and careful word choice
Students think haiku and acrostics are the easy way out when writing a poem. Fooled them. I’ve seen them dive into dictionaries and thesauruses, books and magazines looking for the “right” word to express a thought in the requisite number of syllables. See? Even worked on me.  I hardly ever write words like requisite.

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And the #1 reason we should be writing poems more often? Amazing thinkers write poems. Write some poems and you can be one, too.
I am going to make this a display goal next year…the faces of Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, TS Eliot and their poetry… we see the world through their eyes after reading their poems.  I think I’ll throw Silverstein’s mug up there, too. Tell me you can look at a sidewalk that ends and not think of him.

Happy Poetry Month Year!