Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monday Warm Up

I'm a little behind on my "homework" for Teachers Write as I've been teaching writing at the University to a group of voracious 3rd and 4th grade writers.  Today I chose a prompt from Jo Knowles Monday morning warm-up board. My plan is to freewrite, a poem is speaking to me and I'll come back to it in a week or so and see what I want to do with it.

Come Away With Me

come away with me
down the long dirt road
cicadas humming in the heat of the day
dew covered branches rain on your shoulders
as you crawl under them

come away with me
the rhythm of your breathing
the beat of your feet landing in the dirt
create their own music
no ipod needed

come away with me
break through the spiderwebs
that drape from one side of the road to the other
get lost in your thoughts
run, run, run faster

come away with me
down the long dirt road

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Morning Warm-Up 7/9/12

Hello, teachers! I can't believe it's already mid-summer! I don't know about you, but this does not please me AT ALL.

At the beginning of the project, I asked you all to describe a kitchen of your childhood. Today, I'm going to ask you to describe a room of importance to you NOW. It could be a family room, an office, a kitchen of your adulthood, your classroom... Whatever place makes you feel happy when you are in it, for whatever reason. Then follow these steps:

1. Make a list of all the important objects in the room. Write down as many things as you can. Don't worry if these won't make sense to anyone else. Just write them down.

2. Now look! You have a poem! Admire it.

3. But that's not all! Now you have a list of items that each tells its own story. Pick one now, and tell it. Then share!

Food Processor
Coffee Maker
FAGE Plain Greek Yogurt in fridge
Raw Honey
Daughters' pictures
Hardwood Floor

Greek Yogurt,
Oh, Greek Yogurt
I love you.
A sliced banana on the bottom
Smothered with a huge dollop of
plain FAGE on top
Cinnamon sprinkled all over
My kind of snack