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For National Poetry Month, I am not only writing a poem a day myself, but I am also asking my students to do the same. Something I have noticed this week as they go from the written form to the typed form, my students are thinking about line breaks. They are making their poems look like poems on the page.
Attention to form is made easier by digital media. When they type into a blog post, they can press shift enter to make the lines fall directly below each other. To create stanzas, they simply press enter.
They haven’t all caught on to this easy solution. Kielan made a note in her post “Every stanza ends when the text color changes.”
We haven’t had explicit conversations about line breaks. I talked with Erin about her poetry style. She tells me she is using a list poem style. “Today I am going to stick with my list poem style. I like the way it looks on the page.”
Kaiden said he didn’t think his poem was a poem. “It’s more like a story.”
I said, “That’s OK. When you type it, think about line breaks.” His line breaks made the difference. He was proud of the result.
Every day I am providing some sort of prompt, but I am allowing freedom of form. I think, for now, that is working well. I like to see my students experimenting with form and sounds and styles in poetry. Poetry is like that. Freeing and fun!
Madison’s poem response to Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham.
Do not feed
me. I’m like
a zoo animal.
Yes. That is true.
And I moo at you
like a cow.
And snap at
you like a
my tail feathers
like a peacock.
I stick to
things like a
Madison, 2nd grade
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