It’s National Poetry Month, which means my students and I are writing poetry together in class. This past week, we wrote Never poems, inspired by Shel Silverstein’s uproarious poem of the same name. We also sketched out concrete poems.
This coming week, I’m excited to take full advantage of a middle school poetry packet I found on www.oneteachersadventures.blogspot.ca and purchased on www.teacherspayteachers.com (I love this site!) I think we’ll write haiku, Diamante, and found or blackout poems this week.
What are you doing in your classroom for National Poetry Month? If you’re willing to share your ideas, leave me a link to your website or blog! There are countless teacher resources, including a Dear Poet letter-writing campaign on www.poets.org. Looks like a fabulous way to engage our students. Check that out here.
Now, it’s time to celebrate National Poetry Month with a student’s poem. Here’s Rachel’s rendition of Never.
Inspired by Shel Silverstein
By: Rachel P.
I have never escaped a prison cell
Or killed a fly with a gun
I have never thrown a hotel phone
Or reached out far and touched the sun
I have never held a three headed frog
Or worked for a captain as a cook
I have never ridden on a pig
Or cut up an award winning book
I have never held the hand of a mermaid
Or cried tears made of cherry candy
I have never sang to a monkey in a tutu
Or met a spider who says I’ll come in handy
I have never lived a real life version
of a book called Green Eggs and Ham
Or bought a plastic flower vase
filled entirely with jam
I haven’t done most of the things
that I dream to do
But maybe this year I’ll try one . . . or two