It's National Poetry Month and this beautiful biography by Don Tate is a great way to start off your classroom celebration. I also love the fact that the in the POET Poetry Workshop designed by Sacrificial Poets (attached below) pays tribute to one of my favorite poems, A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson. Better yet, the featured activity is a fantastic way to teach your students to be open to the power of revision.
Actvity Name: "Six-Word Stories"
1) As a whole class, brainstorm a list of important events: the birth of a sibling, a sporting event, a holiday.
2) "Have your writers pick one event about which to write a story. The catch is this: the story is to be EXACTLY 30 words long. NO more and no less. Once the students have produced their story, they can share the stories aloud.
3) "After this, have your writers cut 10 words out of their oirginal. You may want them to share the new 20-word story with the group."
4) "After this round, have them cut another 10 words, creating a 10-word story."
5) "Finally, after sharing the 10 word stories, have the students cut a final 4 words, leaving a 6-word story which they can then share."
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.