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#SOL20: #BookLove


 

Are you ready?

What is one of the best books in the world?  What is a book that will surprise you with each reread?  What book will nurture your soul?  What book will allow you to write beside the poems and unwrap your own stories . . . your own life?

I believe the answer is found in this book that is the initial book for elementary teachers participating in the Summer Book Love Book Club!

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Franki Sibberson wrote about this book by Irene Latham and illustrated by Charles Waters in her blog post here. As I read Franki’s post, I was nodding my head to every statement. And like Franki said, this week’s discussion in Book Love Foundation’s Summer Book Club is already underway. (Seriously, go read what Franki said!)

You could still see these amazing speakers.

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And interact with the almost 1,000 folks in the Book Club.

You might write or see examples . . .

Like  my first draft poem for the beginning of #BookLove.

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Week 1 has begun.

We wrote poetry Monday.

#BookLove learning has begun.

What is on your learning agenda? 

What is your favorite poetry book? 

Is there a book club in your summer plans?




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Addendum:  Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Resources  bit.ly/2YU6Ifi

#SOLSC20: Day 28


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               Time

Still 60 seconds in a minute

And 60 minutes in an hour,

Yet hours slip by.

Alarms buzz,

Snooze is pressed,

And time slips by.

Schedules adjust

Days become monotonizingly the same

TGI . . . what? And time slips by.

School buses remain in bus barns,

Churches are shuttered,

And days slip by.

Home 24/7 and tasks remain unfinished

Deadlines seem relaxed,

And weeks slip by.

Time, adrift without a schedule,

Time, unprioritized externally,

          Time slips by.

How have changing schedules impacted you and your community? 

How are your keeping track of time and days?

How are you maintaining goals and purposes and mental sanity?




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOL19: Beautiful Sparkles


Sparkles

Intermittently

Hitting the windshield

Gently falling from the sky

As my travel path shifts

Visibility decreases

No center line

No edge of the road

Bright lights

Ominous

Like darts pelting the windshield

Visibility nearing zero

Dim lights

Seem clearer

Creating a false sense of security

Momentum slows

A semi passes

Swirling the snow

Total white out

Wondering where and

when this weather will break

 

Perspective:

Dim lights? Bright lights? Of course it depends!  If you are driving into the snow, dim lights are often more effective. A lack of a center line removes vision, safety and security.

(Tips for driving in a white out.)

How to Avoid a “white out” in your classroom:

Reflect: During this last week before the winter holidays, what is your perspective? 

Will you be forging ahead with bright lights shining as you head straight into the heart of the action?

Or will you dim the lights, pause, observe, collect some field notes and then “ACT” on that data?




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#SOL19: Day 29 SOLSC


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Day 29

Rise and Shine

Walk the narrow line.

Check out the view

What is there to do?

Two days ago the temp was 72

Tonight the forecast includes snow

and wintry mix with winds that will blow.

How will the rest of the week go?


I fear March may yet go out like a lion . . .

The uncertainty of wintry possibilities

Makes for a leery traveler.

But maybe it will reduce that TBR pile.




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL19: Unexpected


Forecasts warned

Weather maps with new colors

Falling temps

Records anticipated.

Piles of snow

Rhythmic slapping of tree branches

Blowing snow – sometimes hazy, sometimes white outs

And cold.

Can’t catch your breath cold.

Hurts when you breathe cold.

No tracks in the snow cold.

Pristine snow.

The Weather Channel says:

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Unexpected?

Yes

Unprepared?

No

The ticker tape at the bottom of the TV screen lists the school closings. Plans to keep all safe.  Time to tackle that TBR or TBW list. Check for extra supplies.

Check on a neighbor. And a neighbor’s pets.

What plans do you make, in times of weather uncertainty, for you and your household? 

How do you prepare for the “Unexpected” in your life?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL18: Signs of Spring


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Signs of Spring

What do I see?

I see slivers of green

peeking through the brown grass

in the yard, the fields, and along the road.

Hopeful for fresh asparagus, daffodils and mushrooms.

What do I hear?

I hear choruses of birds

loud and excited

quiet and steadily constant.

Hopeful for woodpeckers and their staccato beat.

What do I smell?

I smell the earth

fresh-plowed and ready for seeds

anticipating the new growth.

Hopeful for abundant, fruitful crops to feed the world.

What do I feel?

I feel the sun’s rays

as day temps finally rise to 70s

and nights remain in the 50s.

Hopeful for no more sleet, slush, or snow.

Signs of Spring

What signs of spring are present in your region? 

How will you celebrate spring?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

Poetry: Love/Hate


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Today’s post is based on the mentor text, “I Hate Poetry”, by a Virginia middle school student.  Her poem can be found here (and all the comments that she responded to individually.  The comments tell exactly why she “hates” poetry!).

How do you feel about poetry? 

Which version best matches your experiences?

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Happy Poetry Friday!

( Click here for more info about Poetry Friday.)




Process:

  • Read student’s poem.
  • Studied the rhyme scheme.
  • Jotted down some ideas to include.
  • Decided that I wanted definite stanzas (so drafting outside of WordPress).
  • Used the student’s ideas for the first stanza.
  • Decided to repeat part of the first stanza in the closing stanza.
  • Drafted, revised, drafted!

 

#SOL18: March 28


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Drip! Drip! Drip! Drip!

Gently, slowly,

Each drop distinctly different.

Read, comment, read, comment,

Catch up, catch up, catch up,

A slicer’s work is never done!

Booming thunder

Loud and rhythmic

Not just white noise.

Write, read, write, revise

Let it rest, let it brew

A writer’s work is never done!

Pounding, roaring, louder and louder

Mya crouching and hiding

Lightning has arrived.

No time to nap, relax

Or read for fun today

A PD presenter’s work is never done!




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

#SOL18: March 27 Spring


                   Spring?

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Temps rise

Green tendrils peek out

Rain showers

Signs of Spring.

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A snowstorm

Blankets the ground

Melting rapidly

Signs of Winter.

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Back and forth

White and green

Rain and snow

A bit of Spring – a bit of Winter.

Never easy

Seasons overlap

Winter is leaving –

Spring is arriving!




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

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#SOL18: March 16


Why Do I Write?

Addressed

Here,

Here,

Here,  and                                                            (probably my favorite)

Here.                                                             (the post with the most resources)

But is it really that simple?




6 Words

A.

Breathing in,

Breathing out.

Drafting. Revising

 

B.

Music roaring

Thoughts flowing

Ideas Recorded

 

C.

Writing is thinking.

Sharing the page.




Abecedarian

Absent

But

Clouding, and

Darkening

Each

Finger.

Grasping

Happiness, or an

Imaginative

Jalopy

Kowtowing to a

Lincoln or a

Maserati.

Never

Odd.

Perpetually

Quiet.

Recording

Some

Thoughts –

Unveiling a

Very

Worried,

eXhausted

Zombie.




To Write or Not to Write

To write, or not to write, that is the question:
Whether ’tis important for a writing teacher
To know the pain of a lost or fading muse,
Coaxing words from a fledgling writer by example
Taking pen to scribe the truth. To write – to live.



                  Acrostic
Waiting for the
Right words,
Impatiently waiting,
Tapping fingers
Impervious to an audience.
Never
Giving up!

What format works for you?

Which ones are favorites for your students?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016




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