Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary!

I'm guessing you've read at least one of Beverly Cleary's books in your life! Maybe you've read lots of them.

Some of my favourite literary characters are from her works!

Romona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse, Ribsy, Dear Mr. Henshaw!

April 12, 2018 is her 102'nd Birthday!

Here are 100 facts from her 100th birthday (2 years ago) from the CBC.

Here are some awesome book resources for her books (from her website!)

What is your favourite Beverly Cleary book?

**Special thank you to Krystal and Adney for reminding me about this auspicious day!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

There are so many wonderful poetry activities you can do this month, but I wanted to highlight a couple of my favourite.

For several years as a teacher and homeschooler I've printed these Pocket Poems out and every day my students (and daughter!) would take one, practice it many times, and then recite it before school was out. It meant great practice in fluency, public speaking, performance, and made the day start and end with something special. I would also have students track the poems they read on a piece of paper so they didn't get the same poem twice.

Don't forget that when you are celebrating poetry, one of the best ways to do so is to listen to poets!
A Poem for Bacon by Nick Offerman
Asha Christensen
We are More By Shane Koyczan
Purple Paper People by Harry Baker

Another great activity is taking a poem, cutting all the lines apart and reassembling it back together in the order you think the poet wrote it in, then talk about why yours may be different or the same as the poet. Here is an example with a Langston Hughes poem called "Harlem".

If you have some old books around maybe try "Blackout PoetryText Based Unit. Openended Art of Apex High School: art three

found poems examples | Redacted sources exercise

Finally I love to do Visual Poetry- encourage your learner to draw what they are hearing, and go very slow, one verse at a time! Maybe have your student draw multiple pictures so they can see their understanding grow as they learn more about the poem's subject. Here are two great poems that may work for that! Jack Prelutsky and The Egg.

Finally, remember that poetry is about listening, feeling, and responding!

Happy Poetry Month!