As I mentioned, I signed up to participate in Ed DeCaria’s Poetry Madness contest — maybe you never knew poetry could be competitive!
Please stop by and vote – you can help score points! Take ‘em to the hoop!
To recap from Ed’s website:
The Poets’ Challenge: Each poet is assigned a single word based on their bracket seed, ranging from 1 (intuitive) to 16 (seemingly impossible). Poets must write a kid-appropriate poem using the prompted word in under 36 hours. Once both final poems have been received, they will be pasted into the body of this post, and then the reader poll will be open for voting.
Voter Instructions: Read each poem as many times as you’d like. Then use the poll to express your preference. Votes are counted in real time and cannot be changed once entered. As a guideline for voting, consider the criteria on which the contestants on the cooking show “Chopped” are evaluated: presentation, taste, and creativity. Translated roughly into poetry terms, presentation might include technical aspects such as meter, rhyme, form/shape, etc.; taste might be the net effect — did the poem move you to laugh, cry, think, kill, etc.; and creativity might include the poet’s approach toward a certain subject, image evocation, clever wordplay, etc.
I’ve been given the 16th seed – the one he calls “seemingly impossible” so that’s confidence building!
With poetry in mind… for teachers of older – middle school and high school students wanting to teach a poetry writing unit, I highly recommend Kathi Appelt’s Poems From Homeroom.
This book has been divided into two sections. Part One contains poems written by Kathi Appelt. She explains that for this particular collection, she chose to write each poem about a person. She says in her introduction, “When we create a character, the essential thing we must figure out is what motivates that character, what drives that person to do whatever it is he or she chooses to do. “
In Part Two, Ms. Appelt provides background information about each poem – and the particular longing she felt motivated the character. Longing is an excellent place to start to write a poem.
Hmmm… wondering what seemingly impossible word I’ll be assigned!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK