Multigenre article readings

In learning more about multi genre writing and memoir, I think the second article “It Would Be Fun to Do It Again” hit a key point, that these multigenre projects give students a CHOICE.  They get a sense of freedom that allows them to be creative and to actually gain a sense of pride and enjoyment out of an academic assignment. The article also discussed the importance of modeling for students.  The “Without Boundaries” unit was a great example of incorporating multigenre projects and writing into a curriculum. I really enjoyed the examples  of the students writing about Ruby Bridges.  The multigenre writing approach allowed those students to connect more deeply with not only that person, but with the time period.  Students gained a better understanding of the situation and feelings.


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Multigenre Readings

I really liked the idea  that multigenre research projects are like a collage.  There was more room for students to choose the best way to express their ideas and more options for presentation and delivery.  In our own memoir project, I was pleasantly surprised by all the many different genres on the list.  I was even excited about the options such as the comic strip, death certificate, newspaper article, and the wanted poster.  I know that using multigenres in the classroom provides students with more variety and allows them the opportunity to be creative.  Providing students the opportunity to choose the means in which to present information opens the door for the teacher to provide a beneficial learning experience for students while appealing to and reaching a variety of learning styles.  I think the element of choice alone provides students the chance to take ownership and would be more appealing to students.  Using multigenres also exposes students  the many different forms of text.  I know that I am excited to work on my memoir project because there is more choice and freedom.  I like the idea that I can be creative in my writing!!  I know that students would feel the same.

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I thought the article on the 5th grade teacher expanding, teaching, and using a memoir unit study throughout the whole school year was very interesting.  There were a few things I noticed that took place in her teaching of memoir.  I feel like she immersed herself in memoir before teaching her students so that she could understand and have a grasp at what exactly memoir detailed.  When she introduced memoir to her students, she didn’t give them all the answers.  The students had to work,search, read, and more importantly discuss with one another what details were involved in a piece of memoir.  I like the idea that she let her students explore, discover, and create that meaning through discussion and readings for themselves.  Their learnings as they answered questions on what memoir detailed even led to them being actively involved in the creation of the rubric. Students were learning by doing.  She also gave students a “mentor” to help them answer questions and as an example so that they could learn from writers.

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Class Reading for Feb. 24

I am the Mummy Heb-Mefert




I enjoyed the development of the life story of Heb-Mefert as it unfolds throughout the story.  We are able to read about her life through beautifully written descriptive words.  I like the line that said “I am the Mummy Heb-Nefert, black as night.  Stretched as tight as leather on a drum.”  I think it  was a great look into the history of the Egyptians and more importantly a quiet lesson that reveals itself in the end about how all things change. 


Dirty Laundry Pile (Poems in Different Voices)




I enjoyed the Vacuum Cleaner’s Revenge poem from this book.  I think the idea of writing poetry about objects and animals is a terrific idea.  It would be great to use in the classroom to help students make connections and think outside of the box.  I think students might can use the opportunity of writing poems about these objects and animals to find their own voice, by having to relate and extract the sort of voice and feelings of other things. 




I enjoyed the beautiful descriptive words used to present information about the Atlantic Ocean.  It is almost like an autobiography in poetic form from the voice of the ocean itself.  What a great way to incorporate the freedom of poetry into informational writing and reading.

“I” Poems article

I enjoyed reading more about using “I” poems and their importance for creating opportunities for the poet to become a narrator.  Using “I” poems is something that can be beneficial in the classroom, because it gives student the chance to express themselves through a first person account.  Students can also explore a different viewpoint by immersing themselves in the idea of what it would be like to create a poem for other people, places, and things.  It reguires students to think from another perspective, and apply knowledge to create poetry.


I enjoyed creating my found poem from words and phrases.  It was like putting together a mysterious puzzle.  I had to be selective in choosing and creating words and phrases from letters and clippings.  I also enjoyed making the concrete poem. I definitely have a more artistic side.  These 2 types of poems definitely are more visual form of artistic poetry. 

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Reading for Feb. 17th

I enjoyed the books that we were to read for our assignment.  I really like the Silver Seeds book.  I think that book would be something manageable for me to use in my classroom with my students.  I loved the illustrations in that book.  They were absolutely beautiful.  I think my kindergarten students would enjoy the poems and the almost story format as the book progressed throughout the sequence of a day.  I think that we could begin an accrostic for different prompts as a class activity even at that young age with a lot of modeling.  In the article, I noticed that modeling and scaffolding was a very important point and theme.  Teachers must model for students for them to be successful.  Students not only need directions and that concrete example, but they need for students to model the thinking process for them.  I enjoyed African Accrostics as well.  I think it was a bit too complicated for my younger students.  I did enjoy how it went deeper into the descriptions of the animals.  It was not merely one word, but almost story like in its vivid approach.  Also, I like how not all of the accrostics in that book were centered on the animal name but maybe a characteristic or feature.  The form or structure of the accrostic made the reader take note of that particular feature.  I think one of my favorite types of poems as a child and even now is the concrete poem.  I enjoy drawing and doodling. I believe the poems like in Flicker Flash would provide students the opportunity to not only be a poet but an artist as well.  I found a poem that I wrote in the shape of a cat in 4th grade while cleaning out my closet recently.  To this day I can still remember writing that poem, and how much I enjoyed creating it in the frame of a cat.  I think poetry when modeled and approached with an open mind and opptimism can provide students with a new way of expressing themselves!

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Journal Invitation

This is the beginning of my Journal Invitation.  I chose to make my invitation in a small photo album book so students could use it as a guide for writing in their journals.

Front Cover:

Invitation Page:

Bucket of Tools Page:

The Cooler Page for Cool Ideas:

Help Page:

Assignment Page:

6 comments February 11, 2010

Class 4- Virtual Class Meeting

PowerPoint Response:
I enjoyed the quote in the PowerPoint by Ann Lauterbach about poetry.  The quote was that “a poem is not a puzzle, to be solved.  A poem is an experience, an event, in an of language.”  I always tried to make poetry out to be a complicated matter myself and tried to make the lines rhyme, but I’m learning that poety can be more expressive and free.  Through my class readings, I have learned that there are many forms of poetry that allows the poet to be creative.  This creative form of writing allows for exploration and expression by the author.  A poem can be about anything, and anyone can write a poem.  I think poetry, like most subjects in the classroom, has to be modeled for students.  Students have to experience the process of writing poems and the free expression therein.  Teachers have to use scaffolding to marinate students in the words of poetry and provide them with meaningful opportunities to write and read poetry.  I enjoyed the learning process of Jack in “Love That Dog” as he was immersed into the world of poetry.  In “All the Small Poems”, I liked the idea of a book about different objects.   I believe students could really benefit from reading this book and examples of poems about seemingly inconsequential items. 

I would like to know how other Kindergarten teachers incorporate poetry into their classrooms…What are some ways to give younger students who are beginning to write and read opportunities to create poetry?

PaperClip  Observations:
See: silver, shiny, metalic, pointy, rounded, smooth,
Smell: nothing
Hear: Tink!  Tiny metal clash
Taste: Like A gum wrapper
Touch: Smooth, pointy, rounded

What does it do? Holds together stacks of paper
What could you do with it? poke someone, pick a lock, use it as a skewer
Where or when do you find it? in an office, at work, in times of binding
What ideas pop into your head about this object? It’s Magnetic
How or why is it special? Paperclips can come in different sizes, colors, and patterns.

Link Response:
I enjoyed the Sharon Creech link.  I think she had a lot of really good ideas for poetry.  It seemed to be a great resource.  Also, I enjoyed the 2nd link for Joyce Sidman (Writing Fix).  I thought it was really cool how at the bottom of the page there was a word producer for writing your own apology poem  the book “This is Just to Say”.  I clicked through several times.  There were some really funny combinations.  The kids could use this for sure if they got stuck.  Also, it might add a bit of fun and humor to their poetry writing.  I clicked on the COMING SOON link for Joyce Sidman for Ubiquituos.  That video made the book seem so exciting.  I thought the If I were in Charge of the World format and site would be great for classroom use.  I think I can definitely use these links for future lesson planning!

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Reading for Feb. 10

As I was reading chapter 10 in Elliott, I began to think that during my own educational experience I thought of poetry as merely lines of rhyming words.  I always struggled to write poety for projects in middle school and high school because my rhymes didn’t get much better than “I saw a cat.  He was very fat.  He sat on a mat”.  I knew I would have to give up my dream of becoming a famous rapper.  My own teachers only provided poety exposure through projects that involved writing rhyming poems in a poetry unit that included similes, metaphors, and haikus.  I liked the ideas from Elliot about using lists, where I’m from, and percentage poems.  I teach kindergarten, so I began thinking how I could incorporate poety into my everyday lessons other than through mere rhyming.  I loved the idea of wordstorming.  We have thinking maps that we are required to use in my county.  We do a lot of  circle maps and describing objects.  I think I could use that as a jumping off point to help students begin thinking of ideas for poety and words to describe everyday objects, things that are important to them, and feelings.  I also enjoyed the This is Just To Say book.  I enjoyed reading how students wrote apologies and responded to one another in the book.  I think sometimes expressing ourselves verbally outloud can be a little difficult. I think these poems allowed students to use their words through written expression to express sympothy, remorse, and forgiveness.  Different people (yes, this includes students, they are people too!) respond and react differently.  I think poetry can be something that will allow students to express themselves.   I think a good example is the Love that Dog book.  The boy Jack was very resistant to poetry.  He had to learn that it was ok to express himself and that he did have valuable things to write about.  It goes back to Chapter 10 in Elliott when she states that “poems can be written about anything.”  Students take their seeds of interest and expand on them to create somethign meaningful!!!

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Reading for Jan. 27

As I continue to learn more about effective ways to use a Writer’s notebooks or journals, I can see the benefits of using these in the classroom.  I teach Kindergarten so some of the ideas from Elliott I would have to tweak a bit for my students to be able to participate in.  I think the freedom that Elliott discussed in the early chapters is something that caught my interest because I believe that writing should be an activity that can be enjoyable among students. In chapter 5, Elliott offered some ideas of how to tie in children’s literature when creating journal entries.  The study of children’s book characters can help students to reflect on particular situations that the characters face.  Students can make connections to the story by journaling about similar personal experiences.  I really enjoyed Chapter Four of Elliott and the ways to use the five senses to help describe people, places, and events.  We have a Science Journal now that has very strict protocol for how activities are placed, graded, and written in it.  I feel as if the journal is more about organization instead of actual science learning.  I think it would be beneficial for students to be able to use their 5 senses to expand more in science.  I think that writing in a journal using you 5 senses would benefit not only writing but science as well.

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I think the idea of a Writer’s Notebook is a great way to give students ownership.  Students have freedom to express themselves through writing, and more importantly they can write about what is important or interests them.  For the most part people(both adults and students) are more willing to participate in an activity if it is of interest to them.  Writing notebooks do not constrict the author to rules or regulations in their writing.  That freedom allows for ultimate expression.  A Writing Notebook entry can be about people, places, pictures, ideas, words, and etc.  The possibilities are endless.

I remember as a student in fourth grade, I hated writing!  Not writing itself though, just writing in the strict required method our teachers forced us to use.  It was the dawn of the writing test and the end of freedom for creative writing.  I was forced to plan everything I was going to write about in my story in these crazy bubble maps before I could ever even begin work on the story.  Those bubble maps were supposedly there to help me gather my thoughts, but instead I felt as if my ideas for writing were held captive inside their borders.  I hated having to envision and map out every aspect of what I was going to be writing a day or two before the actual writing because it did not allow room for new or better ideas.  I didn’t need the organization to map out my story!  I just needed the blank canvas to create my masterpiece.

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