The Children's Bookstore always has great authors in their tent. I'm excited to hear Libba Bray (will get Going Bovine signed for the teen) tonight. My 'tween is coming with me to hear Tom Angleberger, and have her copy of Origami Yoda signed tomorrow.
Of course, there are many poetry events going on throughout the weekend.
I am most excited about hosting the Living Poetry Flash Mob (tomorrow at 12.)
Think Magnetic Poetry, but with people in tee-shirts. We wanted to do something to promote family literacy for the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change event. Saturday will see 650 events, 450 cities, in 95 countries putting on poetry events. You can read my interview with organizer Michael Rothenberg here.
Poet Virginia Crawford and I are "moderating," which may turn out to be controlling the chaos. We figure, even if it's a disaster, it will be fun.
If you'd like to try a Living Poetry Flash Mob in your classroom, here's how:
- one plain tee shirt per child (white or light colors -- old tees turned inside out would work)
- fabric markers
- a favorite poem (for elementary schoolers, something like Shel Silverstein's "Adventures of a Frisbee" would work, we are using Lucille Clifton's "Blessing the Boats" at BBF)
1. Give each student 1-2 words
Beforehand, you will need to either type up your poem in a BIG font and cut each word out or hand-write the individual words on index cards.
2. Get crafty
Have each student write his or her word/s on the front (second word on back, if you're doing two words each) of the tee shirt. Bling is okay. Decorations are great, as long as others can read the word.
3. Take turns
Choose two or three students, or two sets of partners, to be the poets. These students will organize their classmates into a short poem. Take a photo of the living poem or write it on the board. Then choose another set of poets.
4. Another option
You could also have the poets create phrases, rather than a complete poem, then ask the whole class to organize the phrases into a poem.
This should be fun for your visual learners, as well as your body-kinesthetic kids. If you try it, let me know how the poetry lesson goes.
I hope you make it to a 100 TPC event near you. Meanwhile, enjoy more poetry posts with Anastasia Suen at Picture Book of the Day.