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Early morning on Friday, I read Poetry Friday blog posts.  I read Irene Latham’s post here.  Her prompt suggestion came from a book that I have on my shelf, PoemCrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, Chapter 31 “bring me magic.”

Inspired, I grabbed some packs of microwave popcorn and headed to school for Popcorn Poetry Friday!

Even a juice spill couldn’t dampen our poetry spirits.  The prompt calls for a walk outside, but we passed around the object inspiration box I had in the closet.  Each student picked an object to write about.

The instructions: 1. Choose an object; give it a name. 2. What does it look like? 3. Ask the object for a quality or deeper wisdom.

I believe this was the first prompt I’ve used this year that was successful for each student.  I typed each poem into a Google doc and on a whim, sent it to Irene.  Within our two hour class time, she responded.   She wrote a comment of encouragement on each student’s poem.  What a gift! They were thrilled.  Their teacher was thrilled.  Thanks, Irene, for your generosity and kindness.

Austin

Colorful butterfly
inspires the caterpillar
to rise up and fly.
Bring me your inspirational, stress-free life.

Lynzee

Black crayola paintbrush
dark as velvet,
give me your way of bringing color
to any situation
no matter how grey.

Mason

Bald eagle
white and burgundy,
bring me the ability
to soar faster than anyone
even if I mess up.

Andrew

Colorful feather
like the paintings of an artist,
give me a creative mind
like Pablo Picasso.

Trace

A turtle
that swims through the water
as wind does through the air,
bring me hope and peace
in ways as the water flows
through the currents of life.

Dawson

Dear little angel,
give me hope in time of anger and war.
Dear little angel,
enlighten me
with your sparkles and light
that shine so bright
every day and night.

Faith

Discarded flower necklace
connected by the same chain,
bring me your connection.

Like my family
all connected,
bring me gratitude.

Deep inside
a core of happiness,
bring me
your joyfulness.

Erin

Sandy hope
washed up on the shore
of value,
bring me confidence.

Erin extended the writing project and wrote a poem for each of us in the class.  Another amazing gift!  Poetry builds community.

 

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Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for March Slice of Life Challenge.

Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for March Slice of Life Challenge.

 

Julianne gave me an idea.  She told me about an idea she heard from Cornelius Minor about making a box of items to prompt writing.  She posted about her treasure box yesterday.  Click here.

 

I started with a box from Tiny Prints (Our Christmas cards came in this box.)

I started with a box from Tiny Prints (Our Christmas cards came in this box.)

I gathered Mod Podge, scissors, a sponge brush, and some papers that I had already gel printed.  You could use any kind of decorated paper.  I’ve been wanting to find some way to use my gel printed paper.

 

Step one: Cover the box with decorated paper. I like the way Modge Podge paints on so you have fewer wrinkles.

Step one: Cover the box with decorated paper. I like the way Mod Podge paints on so you have fewer wrinkles.

I continued to layer until the design pleased me.  I found a postcard from Irene Latham that said “Live your Poem” and put that on the top.  I labeled the box “Writing Treasures.”

 

Completed box. I thread a colorful ribbon through a hole to make a decorative pull.

Completed box. I thread a colorful ribbon through a hole to make a decorative pull.

Treasure box 3

Here is a collection of items I found around my house.

Inside the box, I placed found items.  These items could be anything that fits. A rock, a peacock feather, a poem, a wooden whistle, a ceramic turtle, a message in a bottle, pretty cards, magnifying glass, a shell, etc.

My students were able to dig around and find an item to prompt their writing.  I told them it could lead you to a memory, a poem, or a wonder.

I am really working hard this year to keep our writing momentum going.  Last week it was the badges. This week a treasure box.  Do you have any more ideas to inspire writing?

 

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