#DigiLit Sunday #Chalkabration Poetry

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sundaydiglitIt’s Sunday!


DigiLit Sunday is a Sunday post on literacy, an invitation by Margaret Simon, to share literacy strategies and tools for the classroom. This week’s list of bloggers: Sunday, Aug 31, 2014.



We also join Betsy Hubbard’s Chalkabration.



To be digitally literate means that you communicate with the tool that fits best. Betsy asks us to share poetry in chalk, on chalkboard, on black paper, or on the sidewalk. Some people may even want to play with neon writing in apps as an adaptation. If you write or draw your poem, you’ll need a tool to snap the image and upload it to your computer to place in your blog: that could be a digital camera or phone. And perhaps your poem is fits with a video format, using an app like Vine.


The important idea is to choose the tools – digital or analog – that fit your audience and purpose.


What about the poem? Of course, you’ll need to write your poem, using powerful words and chalk that colors that make your idea pop. Don’t have an idea? Read others’ poems to for a spark of an idea. Then use your powerful writing strategies to write your idea, to create an image in the reader’s mind. Snapshot. Figurative Language.

Writers don’t just prewrite, draft, revise, edit, publish. Writers are always thinking about the end — what the words look like and sound like, and how to best get those word ideas across – with color, image, video, illustration, etc. It’s a recursive process, moving back and forth into drafts to make the words, and the accompanying media, work together.

If you look at my poem in the image or Vine, you won’t see how I thought about the end of summer and moving into fall. I didn’t use “Fall” or “Autumn.” But I inserted the word “slip” as another word for fall to complete the alliteration of “Summer slips slowly.”  I then thought of “falling” to bring “Fall/Autumn” in with “slip,” adding “with leaves” to complete the connection. My colors start with spring green, summer great, yellow, and two shades of orange to move the words through the seasons. The small leaf added the final touch, the end of summer. Since the breeze kept blowing away my leaf, I added the vine, a perfect tool to accentuate the poem.

So, the writing process started with the spark of the end of summer, and through thoughtful give and take of ideas and words, my poem came alive — using the tools needed to share with other #chalkabration writers.

How about you? How do you show your digital literacy? How is your process?



Common Core State Standards

Anchor Standards


5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

6.3E Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.


6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

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  4 comments for “#DigiLit Sunday #Chalkabration Poetry

  1. Margaret Simon
    August 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Love the vine video of the leaf blowing. Very effective. I also enjoy reading about your though process in creating the poem. This was a first time for many of my students, so I just let them go wild. I gave few instructions, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

    • September 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Margaret, I think the less direction the better until those who need more structure ask for it. We can be surprised not only by what students produce, but also by the students who suddenly find the task engaging — we learn much more about our students this way, as you did. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Betsy Hubbard
    August 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Great ideas here. I love the sliding leaf on your poem. Perfect little addition to your brightly colored chalk. Thanks for sharing this today.

    • September 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Betsy, I like the idea of Chalk Poems each month. I hope others try this too, and a little animation or artifact to focus the poems. Thanks for joining the conversation.

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