In that moment before I let go, I really had been contemplating my death. I also, however, had known Dimitri might do something exactly like this.
He was just that fast and that good. That was why I was holding my stake in the hand that was dangling free. I looked him in the eye. I struggled to get the stake in deep enough to his heart, unsure if I could do it from this angle. Then, his struggles stopped. His eyes stared at me, stunned, and his lips parted, almost into a smile, albeit a grisly and pained one. Those were his last words. You are the true dreamers. Perhaps this person carries within them an angel--one sent to you for some higher purpose; to teach you an important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time.
What you must do is trust in them--even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering--the reason for their presence will become clear in due time. Their purpose isn't to save you but to show you how to save yourself. And once this is fulfilled; the halo lifts and the angel leaves their body as the person exits your life.
They will be a stranger to you once more.
That's because the light is coming from you. You can't see it but everyone else can. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works? When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict.
From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?
Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then it's usually too late, we've used it up. What we have to do is work like hell at making additional magic right from the start.
It's hard work, but if we can remember to do it, we greatly improve our chances of making love stay. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don't want to pretend at magic anymore. In catchy rhyme, author Pam Kapchinske describes the the animals and complex relationships which make up a food web, the circle of life, and more specifically the ecosystem on a pond and forest habitat.
Sherry Rogers' images capture each animal playing its part in this ongoing natural cycle. Before launching a science, social studies, or math unit, I often used poetry to set the scene. The poems I chose from myriad books would spark discussion, curiosity, and prior knowledge, ultimately building excitement and anticipation for the new unit. If only all textbooks were nearly as engaging! So, provides the denizens of the deep with their own voices, priming student curiosity about life in the ocean. The sea urchin fell in love with a fork.
With a tremble of purple spines, she told her mother, "He's tall, not a ball, but just look at his wonderful tines! Each of Joyce Sidman's wonderful poems about the nocturnal world of the woods is accompanied by a fact-filled sidebar, exploring the creatures described in the poems and in Rick Allen's beautiful relief print illustrations. The title poem in part reads: "Perched missile, almost invisible, you preen silent feathers, swivel your sleek satellite dish of a head.
This small excerpt gives you an idea of the book's sophisticated verse! The author cleverly formatted the poem "Dark Emperor" in the shape of an owl, and if your students are interested in creating concrete poetry like this, you might find that shape templates are a good way to get started. And if you're not familiar with Avi's novel Poppy , be sure to check it out! Boys find it easy to root for this strong female character because "she is, after all, a mouse. If you're seeking ways to get students writing, poetry is an effective vehicle to transport them to success.
Take the opportunity to preview Poetry Mentor Texts online at the Stenhouse site; you'll be amazed at the simple steps to sophisticated writing using the lesson ideas presented there. In addition to Poetry Mentor Texts inspiring students to write their own verse, this book will also provide you with ideas for using poetry as a creative response format for other disciplines as well:. Poetry shouldn't be just a part of the language arts curriculum.
It offers another way to communicate and demonstrate our understanding of a concept in content areas. It is a method for deepening comprehension and developing a level of empathy and knowledge that can be applied to real-world situations. Poetry can be used to informally assess science and math. It can help students link content areas.
The book closes with a request: "So many cards to write! So many animal friends! I may need some help. Do you know someone who is misunderstood? Will you help me write friendship notes, too? Working in pairs or teams, students can research basic facts about other unloved animals that "scuttle, slither, buzz, and sting. Students can extend or rewrite or revisit favorite or famous poems. In Casey Back at Bat , sports writer Dan Gutman revisits the classic American poem the picture book version illustrated by Max Payne is one of my favorites.
Choose similar narrative poems, and challenge students to extend them, revise them, or "answer them" with poems of their own. So she not only presents and explains the poetry forms in detail, but these mentor texts teach students wonderful facts about dozens of creatures that crawl, climb, and fly as well. Extensions using other animal species are possible, although I can see these form poems being applied to almost any subject area.
Students love the idea of fractured fairy tales, so a book like Monster Goose by Judy Sierra is certain to be hit. The author's creepy and comedic new versions of classic childhood rhymes will inspire your students to want to create the same. After sharing a few poems such as Humpty Dumpty below , provide students with a collection of unrevised rhymes, and see where their imaginations can take them.
See, too, if their accompanying illustrations can be as entertaining as those of Jack E. Davis, illustrator extraordinaire of Bedhead fame. Davis not only captures a key moment of each poem, but also cleverly establishes and then breaks the borders of each illustration, creating an off-the-page effect.
Because he was so lightly oiled, Dear Humpty ended up hard-boiled. One of poetry's transcendent powers is its ability to refocus, if not totally transform, our point of view. It's far too simple for students and teachers!
And once this is fulfilled; the halo lifts and the angel leaves their body as the person exits your life. Chantill'ae Sullivan. Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. Back Issues. Joe Borgenicht.
Poetry open students' eyes to new ways of seeing. A quirky and crazy collection of verses that collectively encourage readers to see the best in themselves, in others, and in every situation. So much of modern day communication relies upon snark and sarcasm, it's refreshing to find poems that are open and honest and encouraging, while at the same time remaining zany and random, which kids also appreciate.
I also think that the way the book cover turns into a poster is a pretty cool twist! Perspective, or point of view, plays a huge role in history and its interpretation. Check out this previous post where I discuss several picture versions of the text, and the unique perspective supplied by each. In Daniel Kirk's Dogs Rule!
See my Words and Images in Perfect Harmony post for more details, as well as teaching suggestions. The National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry is wonderful in that it often features multiple poems for a single animal. The zebra and the pig, for instance, are both celebrated by four different poets. Examining the poems, students can discuss what facts and features each poet chose to discuss. In what ways are their poems alike? Older students can even attempt to identify the poem form used by each writer. After reading some of the examples in this book from both classic and contemporary writers, students can then try their own hand at describing animals both foreign and familiar.
Such poems are an excellent addition to those animal reports and presentations which many teachers already include in their curriculum. Much has been said in educational texts about inquiry learning. From my own experiences, however, I find that students are naturally inquisitive, and there's not much more we need to do but focus their natural curiosity. Poetry can do this! This is an intriguing exploration into diverse and unique habitats of the world.
In the preface, the author explains: "Extreme environments such as deserts, glaciers, salt lakes, and pools of oil may not seem appealing, yet in these places, there is often less competition and more safety from predators. So over time, a variety of animals have adapted to these challenging conditions. This collection of poems celebrates some of these great adapters and the risky places where they live. Below is a sample poem, written in sonnet form:.
Atop a rocky peak, the air is pure, but the wind blows fierce and the climb is steep. Each step must be confident and so sure, there's little need to look before you leap. The ice, the snow, the winter's biting cold require a cozy, insulated coat. What animal lives here, hardy and bold? Behold this king of cliffs, the mountain goat! Feasting in springtime on grass that is lush, avoiding in summer the sun's blazing rays.
Browsing in autumn on stubborn dry brush, learning to deal with the year's hardest days. Living where enemies cannot intrude, it succeeds indeed at this altitude. A fun collection of unusual but authentic holidays, celebrated here in verse. Students will enjoy researching these and other wacky holidays, and even inventing their own to commemorate people, places, and events that are important to them. See a video trailer here at the Candlewick Press site. Okay, so you may think I cheated on this one. After all, I'm supposed to be giving you purposes for using poetry.
But if we can't convince our students that one of reading's purest functions is pleasure, then I don't think we've really done our job. So many poems and books of poems exist to fill this classification that I won't even begin to list them all here. So if you have a favorite poem or book you read with students for pleasure, please share it in the comments section below!
This book is an incredibly simple, yet funny and clever book about a dog who may not be a dog at all, but perhaps instead a cat … or is it a squid? This crazy dog sheds one disguise after another, and who knows what he'll be next? It's short, fun, and you'd better be prepared to read it more than once, although its simplicity, meter, and rhyme make it easily accessible to independent beginning readers. Also be sure to check out the cool stuff on the author's site.
Most of us have assigned biography reports, only later to be disappointed when some students fail to capture the greatness of the men and women they studied. What's awesome about biographical poems is that they encapsulate the essence of what makes a person's life memorable and meaningful. Use the The Explorers' Graveyard lesson plan for sharing facts and findings when reading biographies. Again, the aim here is to get to what's worth knowing about this famous person. Patrick Lewis yes, him again! The hilarious and revealing tombstone tidings capture in the most clever way the humor of many professions.
Take this one, for instance, written for a Book Editor:. Miss Spellings Exclamation points Were myriad!!! She live on the margin. And died.
A satisfying mix of heroes and heroines from the world-wide struggle for human rights. Several artists collaborate to illustrate the poems, which can also lead to a discussion of what each artist chose to represent the whole of a person's life in a single image. For more teaching ideas integrating these poems with informational writing, see the related post at Two Writing Teachers blog. These poems are notable in that they capture the content of each person's character, rather then the rote facts of his or her life. John Thompson's realistically rendered illustrations help to make this title a standout.
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Related Using Poetry to Teach Reading. Activate prior knowledge Students are most receptive to new learning when they can connect it to what they already know. Recommended texts The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons by Sid Farrar and illustrated by Ilse Plume This text presents students with vignettes of each season in the signature haiku syllable, three line form, focusing upon nature with a surprising perspective. A sample from the book: Lawns call a truce with mowers and slip beneath their white blankets to sleep. If this puddle could talk, I think it would tell me to splash my sister.
Establish theme Teaching with a theme and its accompanying guiding questions isn't new to most of us, and the majority of teachers maintain a ready repertoire of methods to establish themes for classroom novels or other literature units see some ideas and a huge list of Universal Themes in my How to Teach a Novel Handout. Recommended sites and texts for theme The Children's Poetry Archive groups poems by themes, and my class always enjoys reflecting upon poems about death since, after all, every novel we read seems to be about death!
Many poems on this site are read aloud by their authors, and my students especially love hearing The Carrion Crow read aloud. A common theme in upper elementary and middle school novels is Change. This highly recommended book features 20 thought-provoking poems from contemporary writers, with extensive lesson plans which help students to better understand each poem, and to apply it to other texts and their own experiences.
Students can compose and publish their own poems using the Theme Poems interactive from ReadWriteThink. Explore language If you're anything like me, you struggle to teach students grammar in way that is motivational or memorable.