I've been challenged by the many creative folks who participated in the Slice of Life Story Challenge that I just finished in March to actually acknowledge and do something about National Poetry Month this year. I'm ashamed of how many times I've let it slip by unnoticed over the years and am committed (or maybe just should be committed!) to do something poetic with my students each day this month. Wish me luck! At the same time that I am trying to be poetic, I'll also be doing a weekly slice at The Slice of Life Weekly Challenge each Tuesday. And of course...there's always something to love! Enjoy!
For my students who just competed in our Junior High Speech Meet, watching Mr. Jones perform "Touchscreen" was a chance to view an art form of the highest quality. I loved it because so many of us, teacher and student alike, connected with it...and isn't that what poetry is all about...connections? I asked the students to jot down words and phrases that caught their attention or spoke to them. I was amazed at what they picked out...very much the same lines that got to me!
"from the garden of Eden
to the branches of Macintosh
apple picking has always come at a great cost"
"it was difficult to connect when friends formed cliques
now it’s even more difficult to connect
now that clicks form friends"
When I got home tonight I went searching for the words to the whole poem and googled them up at The Henry Brothers' Jim Jam Slam. You'll be able to access the words and view the performance at this link. Please enjoy this little slice of my day in Middle School as we read, write, rhythm and rhyme our way through National Poetry Month.