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“A Poke In The I: A Collection of Concrete Poems”

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“A Poke In The I: A Collection of Concrete Poems

In A Poke In The I, Paul Janeczko selected thirty concrete poems. Concrete poems, sometimes called shape poems, are when the words or letters are arranged into the shape of the object that the poem is about, further enhancing the message the poem is imparting.

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© A Seeing Poem by Robert Fromon

For me, concrete poems are poetry for my eyes.

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© GIRAFFE by Maureen W. Amour

According to illustrator Chris Raschka, “Concrete poetry is the yoga of words.” In this book, his illustrations add further depth to each poet’s poem.

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© MERGING TRAFFIC by Allen Jones

This poetry book promotes flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, and different perspectives.

TITLE: A Poke In The I

Selected by: Paul B. Janeczko

ILLUSTRATOR: Chris Raschka

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2001

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, different perspectives

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a concrete poem about concrete. Using the words or the letters to shape your poem. Get creative and use different fonts to help convey your poem. What message do you want your poem to express to readers?

To learn more about writing concrete poems, visit:

http://www.poetry4kids.com/news/how-to-write-a-concrete-poem/

2) Choose a compound word to write a concrete poem about.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about poet Paul B. Janeczko, visit:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/heres-thing-q-paul-b-janeczko/

To learn more about illustrator Chris Raschka, visit:

http://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/chris-raschka

ee cummings: Poet and Creative Thinker

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enormous SMALLNESS: A story of E.E. Cummings ”

Visually entertaining and poetically written, this book honors poet ee cummings and his writing spirit. Cummings so loved lowercase letters that he wrote his name as ee cummings. Nature inspired his passion for writing. A rule breaker of rhythm and rhyme as well as a new word inventor, ee cummings was a creative thinker.

This story promotes the creative traits of a creative person – taking risks, passionate, imaginative, different perspective, and the desire to be creative.

TITLE: enormous SMALLNESS: A story of E.E. Cummings

AUTHOR: Matthew Burgess

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris DiGiacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative traits of a creative person – taking risks, passionate, imaginative, different perspective, desire to be creative

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Matthew Burgess wrote that E.E. Cummings “drew many pictures from great circus of his imagination.” Cummings displayed many creative traits of a creative thinker. (see creative components) What creativity traits do you have? On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how important is your creativity to you? How do you express your creativity?

2) For his 15th birthday, E.E. Cummings received The Rhymester, a guide to writing poems, which became one of his prized possessions. What is one of your prized possessions and why?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Matthew Burgess, visit:

http://www.matthewjohnburgess.com

To learn more about illustrator Kris DiGiacomo, visit:

http://krisdigiacomo.com

To learn more about E.E. Cummings, visit:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/e-e-cummings

 

What Can You Do For Our Planet Earth?

What Can You Do For Our Planet Earth?

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What Can You Do With Only One Shoe? Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent by Simon and Sheryl Shapiro wrote poems about how people took ordinary objects and reused them as new inventions like a worn shoe as a birdhouse or an old tractor tire as a watering pond for cattle.

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“One Shoe”

Creative Thinking Prompt: Do something kind for the Earth today. What can you do with recyclable items like plastic bottles? Write a poem about your new invention or design.

Think Deeper: Using a discarded book or old newspaper, cut out words that interest. Then rearrange those words to form a poem. Glue your poem onto a sheet of paper. Don’t forget to title it.