Daily Warm Up #5: Your friend calls to say she saw you in the back of a police car yesterday. What happened?
Okay. Today we’ll start our first unit: Poetry.
I’ll begin by introducing your homework assignment, due 12/5 at the BEGINNING of class: take the mentor text poems you chose, paste them into your writer’s notebook, and annotate them.
If you have a 504/IEP accommodation that requires typing, let me know and I’ll make different arrangements for you.
For these annotations, I’m not interested in SCHOOL stuff. I want you to annotate them for the “writerly” things we discussed in the readings:
- Green lines
- Word Choice
- Sentence Fluency
- Use of conventions
You can see an example (a mediocre one) here:
Then, for the rest of our day, we’re going to do some experiments with playfulness in language.
First, I’m going to read you two children’s books: Freight Train by Donald Crew and Charlie Parker Plays Be-Bop by Chris Raschka. Both of these books do a wonderful job of being playful with language. So then we’ll talk about what makes language playful:
- sound – alliteraion, or imitating the content
- hyperbole (exaggeration)
And your mission? Do likewise. I’d like to ask you to write a PLAYFUL poem for tomorrow. And yes, I’ll be checking it. In fact, I can’t wait to check it!