During the March Slice of Life, I attempted a Blackout poem using a page from The Hobbit. It was a lot harder than I imagined it would be... more like sculpting a block of marble and less like writing poetry.
And yet... I went there again. This time I tried to use some color. I went with a backing of rainbow colors to fit the theme of uniqueness in the poem and story.
Then I decided to post my poems on the classroom door. I put up the first one, and kids started to notice. They stopped to read it, and they asked me about it.
I offered an invitation - "Anyone who would like to try one, just hand me a book with a page marked for me to photocopy." Believe it or not, I immediately got a taker. She had me copy two pages from The Wig in the Window and went to town.
Today I had a third grader request a copy of a page of The One and Only Ivan. I can't wait to see what she does with it!
We work so hard to get kids writing and thinking... and sometimes all it really takes is a door, curiosity, and an open invitation.
I’m participating in a writing community at Two Writing Teachers. We write about a little "slice of our life" each Tuesday. If you stop by and have written your own slice, please leave the link in the comments so I can easily find your post!