Poetry Day 8- Through the Poet’s Lens

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I almost missed this. I found it while flipping through notebooks at lunch.

On Tuesday we talked about what it feels like to sit with a piece of writing and work, really apply effort, to find the most honest, precise, exactly-right word for what you need to say. Finding these words is what makes some images sear themselves into our minds’ eyes, or identify so closely with a feeling, though we might not share the experience, or delight in a new way of seeing something.

Kids tried this out, along with other ideas and strategies, over the next few days.

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Anthony takes a stab at finding more precise language to describe fun. It’s an attempt he knows he wants to try again.

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The strategy seems to work better for him after another draft.

 

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Isa plays with precise language in her poemdraft about sunrise.

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Aly tried here to be more specific about how “exciting” looks and feels to her at recess.

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Daniela squeezed as much as she could into a couple of pages! She didn’t know I keep a stack of extra notebooks in case one gets finished in class and the writer needs another one RIGHT THEN!
She’s really exploring precision of language!

After spending a couple of days being more deliberate about choosing words, and more willing to cross things out and try again, I wanted to focus a bit on Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s poetry month challenge of writing a lot of poems on one topic. Not everyone wanted to do this, which was perfectly fine with me.

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