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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

 

One Day, The End

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One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Stories ”

“One day I went school, I came home. The End.” What happened to the middle of the story?

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Through out the book, the illustrations provide the short middle of each short story.

This story promotes storytelling and imagination.

TITLE: One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Stories

AUTHOR: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

ILLUSTRATOR: Fred Koehler

PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: storytelling, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write the middle part of this story. “One day I made something. (insert middle) I gave it to my mom.”

2) Continue the Story. With a partner or a group, take turns telling a story. Each person tells a sentence to continue the story. Variations are each person says one word or pairs a noun and verb to tell the story.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Kai Dotlich, visit:

http://www.rebeccakaidotlich.com

To learn more about illustrator Fred Koehler, visit:

http://freddiek.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: A World Inside A Tree

Creative Thinking Prompt: A World Inside A Tree

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Draw a world that exists inside a tree. Imagine what that world would look like. What type of tree does your world exist in? Who lives there? What do they do? What do they look like? How do they co-exist with themselves and the tree? What would happen if they left the tree to explore? Sketch out this tree world. Name your world and its inhabitants.