#clmooc #clpoettag Poetry Tag Part 2



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.

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Now what?

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 !

#clmooc Poetry Tag

Poetry Tag


IMG_7704 I rested under the scrub elm tree, one whose shade everyone tries to park under. A cool breeze gently flowed through the elm leaves, refreshing me from the warmth of the morning. A small songbird flitted from tree to tree, singing to each person, returning to each spot as if she were a messenger, reminding us to remember this day.  I captured her song in a Vine:


Then I remembered it was Game Week at #clmooc . As a sixth grade teacher years ago, my students and I made stapled small pads of slips of paper in class — about 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches — that would fit in our pockets so we could capture the phrases we said or considered that could be great lines in a story or poem. With today’s technology, this would now be so easy to create and share.

So I snapped my picture:

IMG_7703And wrote my poem:

A gentle breeze

soothes the summer heat

and songbirds chirp a wish

that we cherish this day.


And combined both into Visual Poetry

cherish songbirds treesAnd now I notice that I should drop the “day.” But we’re looking for the snippet of the scene, a memory of the moment, captured to save for revision and adaption on another day.

I sent out an invitation tweet to #poetrytag, not realizing that hashtag is already taken, so I’ve chosen #clpoettag #clmooc for this Poetry Tag.

The rules?

1. When a phrase strikes you, tweet it out to #clpoettag #clmooc

2. If desired, make it pretty or add a picture, though not required

3. If you notice the tag, reply with your own phrase, including hashtags #clpoettag #clmooc

4. Optional: tag someone with your post and that person must either:

a. reply with an image to match within one day

b. reply with a new phrase within in one day

5. On Thursdays, see what thunder we have worked with words — Options:

a) gather a few lines of each entry and post a poem with credits

b) work with one of the participants to create a poem together, incorporating each participants’ lines and post with credits

c) post means to post the poem to twitter — make it an image [screen shot or other visual]

 6. Change any rules as desired to keep the connected learning poetry tag game alive.

I wonder if we should start a google slideshow for step five [5]  We’ll see what happens on Thursday.

How about it?  Anyone game?