I gushed about Hiawatha -- her "version" of Longfellow's poem.
She talked about commitment to craft. Jeffers described taking regular art lessons and how her teacher could make one small brush stroke or suggestion that would act as a point of departure.
Last week, the Northfield ES third graders worked on pattern poems with me. You can find the lesson here.
Take a look at Matthew D.'s paper.
When I stopped by Matthew's desk to see how he was doing, I made a very small suggestion. "Give each animal an action." It was a tiny brushstroke, but Matthew took my suggestion and ran with it, re-envisioning his poem.
Here is the second draft (it's on the right of the hand-written paper). The animals are livelier and the ending has a new, funny twist.
Africa Small to Big
by Matthew D.
Teacher: Ms. Hoge
There was a baby cheetah playing.
Next was the mommy cheetah watching
The baby cheetah.
Next was a lion running
To get some lunch.
Then a rhino came running
With his horn facing up,
And then a giraffe came walking in
And ran away from the fight.
I'm so impressed with the work young writers can do in the space of a one hour workshop.
Thanks again to the poet, his family and all the folks at Northfield for sharing these poems. Keep writing!