Poetry Friday

Popping in quickly to share one of my all-time favorite poems (introduced to me by a fellow blogger last year!).  We just began our poetry unit in school and it’s been a huge success.  I’ll blog more about that later!

Each year I begin by giving each of my students a packet of poems.  They are all by “cool” poets, I tell them- Walter Dean Myers, Valerie Worth, Eloise Greenfield, Jack Prelutsky, and many more.  My favorite is the last poem in the packet, by Kate DiCamillo.

 

Snow, Aldo

By Kate DiCamillo

Once, I was in New York,
in Central Park, and I saw
an old man in a black overcoat walking
a black dog. This was springtime
and the trees were still
bare and the sky was
gray and low and it began, suddenly,
to snow:
big fat flakes
that twirled and landed on the
black of the man’s overcoat and
the black dog’s fur. The dog
lifted his face and stared
up at the sky. The man looked
up, too. “Snow, Aldo,” he said to the dog,
“snow.” And he laughed.
The dog looked
at him and wagged his tail.

If I was in charge of making
snow globes, this is what I would put inside:
the old man in the black overcoat,
the black dog,
two friends with their faces turned up to the sky
as if they were receiving a blessing,
as if they were being blessed together
by something
as simple as snow
in March.

I’m Presenting at NCTE in November!!!

readtomeplease_libraryI am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to say that I learned today I will be presenting at NCTE in November!  My speech, entitled “Read to Me, Please! Why We Must Share Read-Alouds in the Middle School Classroom” will be part of a panel called “Engaging Middle School Students through Read Alouds and a Focus on Process, Craft, and Genre“.  The level of interest is 6th-8th grade.    

So if you are at NCTE in Philly this November, come see me!  I hope you will join me on Sunday morning for session L.23!

News Around the Kidlitosphere

It’s been a busy day here- I was visiting a sick friend after school and didn’t get home until late!  But here are a few links I have been saving up for a few days.

  • Check out the trailer for Where The Wild Things Are.  I think it looks great!
  • SLJ kicks off Battle of the Books!  As an avid fan of both March Madness and children’s books, this sounds like it will be a lot of fun.  Be sure to check it out!  I’m rooting for quite a few of the books.
  • It’s National Poetry Month!  There is a lot going on out there, so here are a few great links-  30 Poets/30 Days over at Gotta Book sounds like it is going to be awesome.  30 different poems by 30 different poets!  He’ll be posting a previously unpublished poem by a different poet for each day in April.
  •  The Miss Rumphius Effect features Poetry Makers.    She’ll be interviewing thirty-six awesomepoets during the month of April. The schedule is here.
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