Friday, October 21, 2016

Poetry Friday

Who can resist Autumn Haiku? Not anyone I know!

Thank you to the amazing Tricia at the Miss Rumphius Effect for hosting and providing bushels of Poetry Friday treats to all this week.

Berg, Heinrich Van Den. "Spider's Web, ISimangaliso Wetland Park." Getty Images. Getty Images, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2016.

Swiatkowski, Moira. "Illustration Friday Weekly Art Challenge!" Illustration Friday. Illustration Friday, 25 Oct. 2010. Web. 15 Oct. 2016. .

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Poetry Friday Inspired by Autumn 

For more inspiration and Poetry Friday fun head on over to
Irene Latham's Live Your Poem. She's got scarecrows galore!

Nasa+constellation+images - Google Search." Nasa+constellation+images - Google Search. NASA, 13 Mar. 2013. Web. 11 Oct. 2016.

Bauman, Leila T. "Geese in Flight." Art Object Page. National Gallery of Art, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2016.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Poetry Friday

I had a conversation with my son about a pastel he created in school.

Me:  How did you make this?
Son: I drew the outline first with a fresh pencil eraser dipped in paint
Me: Huh. Then?
Son: I colored it in with pastels. I like those colors...but not how it's uneven.

This tiny back-and-forth sent me in search of pencil-eraser-poetry. None of what I found had precisely the right tone  but, Kalli Dakos' poem below is kid friendly and fun.

I wonder if you have suggestions for poems to illustrate the artwork below?

Thanks to Violet Nesdoly for hosting this week's Poetry Round-up.

The Pencil and Eraser Were in a Horrid Fight
The pencil and eraser
Were in a horrid fight,
It went on through the day
And well into the night.
The pencil wrote a poem
About erasers that can’t write,
The eraser erased the poem,
And he did it with delight.
The pencil wrote a sign,
Keep erasers out of sight,The eraser erased the sign,
And he did it out of spite.
The pencil wrote a note,
"You're just a parasite!"
The eraser erased the note,
Not a word was left in sight.
The pencil and eraser
Fought all through the night,
And when the morning came,
They had disappeared from sight.

(c) Kalli Dakos

"Dot" pastel by David....made with pencil eraser dots

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Poetry Friday

"Poet Laureate Jose Felipe Herrera just gave me this writing advice: 'Face the Abyss with many different colors'."
                                                                                               ~Gene Yang

The bit of writing advice above combined with Tabatha Yeatt's poem from last Friday was my inspiration for today.

Last Friday, Library of Congress’ Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Yang, visited my school. 

Mr. Yang's visit was absolutely stellar. Students and staff were completely enthralled. One math teacher tracked me down on Monday, “Mrs. Mitchell, I’m not going to lie. I was not happy about having to give up my planning time to chaperone the assembly….but I LOVED it.”

Administrators from our Central District Office attended  and enjoyed Gene’s presentation so much that they promised to grant us money to buy more of his graphic novel series, Secret Coders, for our library.

The PBS News Crew that came to interview our students and Gene were happy with the footage they got of kids excited over an author discussing his book  about a group of kids that discover a secret school and solve mysteries with binary code!

As a Teacher Librarian I have to say I slept with a smile on my face that night. Friday, September 23rd was an A+ day. I know author visits are good for kids….but this particular author visit was especially outstanding. We are fueled to talk about coding and graphic novels for at least this school year. It was a literature and literacy success.

Like my students, I am one of Gene Yang’s biggest fans. I will buy every word he is able to publish. I follow him on social media like the fan-girl that I am.

After leaving my school, Gene attended the National Book Festival in DC in an official capacity as Ambassador and as a guy who’s passionate about kid-lit. He had a chance to talk to Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and shared the writing advice Herrera gave him. It's no surprise that the advice was poetic. Mr. Herrera really knows what we writers, famous or not, face.

Thanks First Books/Children's BookCouncil for sponsoring Mr.Yang's visit!

Thanks to Karen Edmisten: Mom. Writer. Consumer of Coffee. for hosting today's Poetry Friday!
Mr. Yang talking coding & books

Friday, September 23, 2016

Poetry Friday

Michelle H. Barns has a wonderful interview of Jane Yolen on her blog Today's Little Ditty.  Michelle also hosts a monthly poetry challenge inspired by the poet she interviews.

This month, Ms. Yolen challenged us to write a septercet....a form she invented. A septercet has seven syllables per line in a three line stanza.

My contribution to the challenge is my contribution for Poetry Friday. Thank you to Reading to the Core for hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup.

New Girl Literacies

We shared a computer desk
side by side, first day of school
I asked her, what is your name?

Shiny braids shook back and forth.
Oh, I see. Where are you from?
Left and right the braids – no, no.

EspaƱol? Or, Arabic?
Her hair now quite talkative
All the words quite clearly, NO.

I clicked on a map, her eyes
swept right, then she clicked a spot.
The braids at rest. Oh, Nepal!

© Linda Mitchell

Friday, September 16, 2016

Poetry Friday --don't miss lots of poetry fun at Michelle H. Barnes' Today's Little Ditty

Salas, Laura Purdie. Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems about Fall. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2008. Print

Friday, September 9, 2016

Poetry Friday

I feel like riffing on Ludwig-Vanderwater....who was inspired by Mary Oliver who......oh, you know how this goes. Be sure to stop by Amy's amazing blog, The Poem Farm, for poetry, learning and an overall creative experience.

To a Visitor

I live in a cookie-size house
between bigger brick loaves.

Don’t worry.

There’s as much to love

and be loved in my cozy space.

Just kick off your shoes inside the door.
The cat will think it’s time to eat 
and wrap around your ankles,
purring and pushing you toward her dish.
See the books on the stairs
shelves, floor and table?
You might find a good mystery or sci-fi.
Go ahead and dive into a story. 
If you’re hungry, tomatoes grow
out back, beneath the kitchen window sill
by the basil and parsley gone-to-seed.
Don’t mind backpacks, socks, 
homework papers, water bottles.
These are feathers of squawking teens 
now at roost somewhere.
Come on in, find a spot.
The zucchini bread is fresh.
Coffee’s hot.

Click here to visit The Poem Farm