Excited by hearing back from Amy about our efforts, Alexis and Sammy decided to explore topics across several different poems. Watching them do this, and conferring with them as a partnership, has enlightened me about ways to guide children in exploring everything poetry can do. When topic is not a variable, it becomes easier for young writers (at least these two), to see how other variables can work in a poem- sounds, mood, rhythm, speed, quiet, imagery, etc. It suddenly becomes more concrete that all of these things work to support their meaning, and that meaning is really separate from topic.
Alexis started with a sparrow, but discovered that her mother was the muse she wanted to stick with for awhile.
Only a day before Spring Break. When we come back on the 23rd, I think we’ll play with sounds a little bit.