#napowrimo14 is what?

April is National Poetry Month

sponsored by the Academy of American Poets

What is poetry? What is a poem?

#napowrimo is National Poetry Writing Month!

started by poet Maureen Thorson

a challenge to write a poem a day

that’s write: 30 poems in 30 days 


Let it bloom !

Ready ? Set? Write !

Writer’s block?  Not sure what to do?

Try these:  Online Interactives from Read/Write/Think: Theme PoemsAcrostic PoemsDiamante Poems

or learn from poets how:

Instant Poetry Forms

Kinds of Poems by Kathi Mitchell

Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry4Kids

Giggle Poetry How To

Which kind fits you? Why did you chose it? Why is it poetry?

Write it up !

Draft your poem on your Kidblog  and edit. Let us know:

Which kind fits you? Why did you chose it? Why is it poetry?



Read it up!

Not sure you want to write a poem every day? How about reading one every day. Find one you like. Link to it in your Kidblog and let us know:

Which kind fits you? Why did you chose it? Why is it poetry?

A Poem a Day by GottaBook

Children’s Poetry Archive — hear poets read 

What do you notice?

Help document: Stuck on the questions: Which kind fits you? Why did you chose it? Why is it poetry?  review author craft in the help document.  Make two copies as directed and fill it out for a poem  your connect with.

Let’s discover:

What is poetry? What is a poem?


Teacher Resources

Remix: Beauty of Connected Stories #etmooc

Stories: crystals of life held for time…

A remix…


Watch Darren Kuropatwa‘s archived session here, learn from Darren’s Slides and find more resources here.

During the session Darren asked participants to record and share 5 seconds of video with him via DropitTOme and then compiled them into this “Beauty” short video. He invited others to Popcorn it !  Above is mine after an inspirational video remix by Rhonda Jessen.

Won’t you remix this “Beauty” short video too?

Choose Your Path 5 Card Flickr Story #etmooc

Five Card Story: Choose Your Path

a #etmooc story created by sheri42

flickr photo by dmffryed

Choose your path


flickr photo by mrsdkrebs

Let the tendrils of life flow through old ideas


flickr photo by mrsdkrebs

To add new steps and styles


flickr photo by mrsdkrebs

That plant your unique rainbow of creativity


flickr photo by Henriksent

That waves gently into the path of others, rippling new oceans of endless connections.


Choose Your Path

Choose your path

Let the tendrils of life flow through old ideas

To add new steps and styles

That plant your unique rainbow of creativity

That waves gently into the path of others, rippling new oceans of endless connections.

Digital Story Telling Poetry – A Project #etmooc

I’m behind ( need rhizome post) and ahead (digital storytelling) — racing like a turtle  and I can’t keep up, yet I add to the story with a segment from  past post from 2009 because of this encouraging post by Verena Roberts for next week’s digital storytelling #etmooc. We have much to learn the next two weeks. And another idea those of us teaching, might be to to use poetry as a vehicle to tell a story.

April is Poetry Month and on April 18th, it’s Poem In Your Pocket Day.  Want to participate? Here’s an idea…

Share Poetry Strategies and Digital Tools

Help spread the power of poetry — share ideas on twitter for how to create and share poems during the weeks before 4/18 — or do this right now to develop a project ready to use in your class —  for “A Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 18th. Label tweets hashtag #pocketpoem, the official hashtag. Then we’ll have many strategies and tools to choose from for a fantastic Poetry Month.

An audience. A purpose. Authentic.

Here’s an example:

Create your own visual poem on Bubblr; blog or email it to friend for “A Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 18th:

My Poem:


Barren earth

Blossoms in bubbles

Of delicate dew

For butterfly blessings

Mother Earth to you.

The visual:

Or link here: A Poem for Your Pocketby Sheri Edwards

Here’s HOW TO:

Go to Bubblr at http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/

Use the “tag” box to type a topic on which you want to write a poem.

I chose these (separately as needed): soil, spring, dewdrop

For your search, many photos will appear for you to drag to the current slide.

As I chose my photos, I added the cloud and text.

Then I published with a title and name from which the code can be created to embed or link or email. Enjoy.


Other Poetry Resources:

National Poetry Month

Poem in Your Pocket

Eagles Write Poem in Your Pocket 2011


The Challenge before 4/18:

Please learn or relearn or share a tool for poetry, or a digital storytelling idea from #etmooc which can be adapted.

Create it.

Post your creation and a how to.

Tweet your post with your poem and howto: hashtag #pocketpoem, the official hashtag

If you  can, comment here with your poetry post link!


Thank you for encouraging poetry, and have fun with digital storytelling for #etmooc.

Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness…

Reflect curiosity and wonder…

SMILES from Summer

What events and people brought smiles to you this summer?

Think about your summer days: walking around town in blistering heat or pouring rain with friends; splashing through the waves to the dock; catching the biggest trout; screaming through Tremors Roller Coaster; helping Gramma and hearing her stories.

Make a list. Use active words (walking, splashing, catching, etc.).

Share your list with a partner; you may be reminded of more to add while you share. Revise your list for more action words– what else could you change or add to create a mind movie for your reader?

Write the word ‘smile’ vertically on your paper (your journal would be a great place for this). You can write the letters slightly indented, in case you need to add words before the letter. Look at your list. How can you fit five of those smiling events to include the letters, SMILE? Which would you include? Star them. Now, what else would clarify the event? Add details (5Ws: Who What When Where Why). Remember to change the names to protect the innocent and guilty. 🙂






Use the letters to write a poem of the events or people that brought you joy this summer.  Here’s mine:

Summer swimming and splashing in cool lake waters and stomping in the simmering sand

while walking Pooka and Munching on peanut butter and celery with family for fun at the beach;

watching Interesting movies like Avatar and Star Trek when the rain pounds the pavement outside;

Listening to stories and laughing together with grandkids;

Everyone hugs, happy to gather together again.

Take your time — be an author. What can you remember about writing elaboration strategies? Try these: add details and strong verbs. Include alliteration (examples: stomping in the simmering sand; pounds the pavement). Share with a partner for help.

When your poem is ready, go to our Google Form. Enter the S M I L E of your summer joys. When everyone has shared their poem, the survey summary will show everyone’s SMILE anonymously. What similarities and differences do you notice? Who can create a class poem?

Think about the writing skills we practiced/reviewed already:

  • Write about what you know
  • Prewrite and brainstorm
  • Peer feedback
  • Predraft
  • Revise
  • Vivid Verbs
  • Nifty Nouns
  • Details (5Ws)
  • Alliteration
  • Poetry

Think about what we learned about each other. What was similar or different?

What did you learn?  What did you like? What else could be improved next time to make the project better?

Welcome to our always asking, What Else? classroom.