Poetry Tag Part 2
Poetry Tag June 30 +
For #clmooc Week 3, we played and created and hacked games. As a Language Arts teacher, I wanted a game that could fit our curriculum and spice it up with technology [or not]. I wanted a game for students to see themselves as wordsmiths — to play with words and sense and see the wonder in the ordinary.
So I introduced Poetry Tag Part 1. Several people took up the tag, and the game began. In the image above, you see some of our Notegraphy poems, and the Google Plus, Storybuilder, and Notegraphy poems can all be found Storified: Poetry Tag.
Poetry Tag Part 1 provides the background and rules, but basically the idea is to document the snippets of life in our everyday moments so they are recorded for future writing drafts. In the tag game, if you see the #clpoettag, add a new poem of your own sometime that day. If possible, spin off the ideas and words of that poem, even hack some lines — you’ll see this in the samples in the Storified: Poetry Tag and Notegraphy poems.
Michelle Stein’s poem shows how we are creating a movement, and this expressed our engagement. Kevin Hodgson created a story from our poems with Storybuilder and on Wednesday, so did I: Movement: Shift. As you can see, we have created, shared, remixed, and hacked through several apps our play with words that demonstrates a shift in writing paradigms, as Mallory McNeal’s poem expresses.
Poetry Tag Part 2: The Classroom
As stated, the rules are simple: the idea is to document the snippets of life in our everyday moments so they are recorded for future writing drafts. In the tag game, if you see the #clpoettag, add a new poem of your own sometime that day. If possible, spin off the ideas and words of that poem, even hack some lines to use in your poem or create a story. Just recognize the author.
How do we do this?
Use any app [ Notegraphy, Google Apps, Keynote, Twitter, Visual Poetry, Tackks.com/education, Kidbog, Edublogs, etc. ] to create your poem. The poem may include images.
Share it out with #clpoettag which means Connected Learning Poet Tag. Share it in the community used by your classroom. That could be your Kidblogs, Edublogs, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, etc. with a link to your poem.
Here’s some options creating and posting and tagging:
- Creating: We used Notegraphy quite a bit. That’s nice because the website will gather those tags together for sharing and discussing.
- Posting: Post in Notegraphy, Instagram, Kidbogs, Edublogs, Google Apps, or create a tackks.com/education stream [works in Edmodo] whereby anyone can post.
- Tagging Sue Waters suggested using classroom Twitter accounts to share out the poems.
- Blog Tag: Write and post a poem on your blog, then tag someone with a comment on their blog to create a poem hacking yours and adding to it. That person wold comment back with a link to their poem.
Want to engage students in word play? in a game of wordplay? to become wordsmiths? As Donald Murray says, “Writing is hard fun.” And this would be fun.
What do you suggest? What hacks to the rules or process would you suggest? Thank you !