This is Day 4 of the Slice of Life Challenge given to me by twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. During this month long challenge for me as a teacher to write a blog post everyday, I am finding writing inspiration from a variety of moments during my day.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, one of our staff members dressed up as the Cat and the Hat on Monday, March 3, which is her annual celebration. She visited the classes in the school and embodied a cherished book character. She read aloud “The Cat in the Hat Came Back” to the students who hung on every word! I found her at the end of the day as she was preparing for her afternoon duty and asked if she would pose for a picture with me.
One of my favorite books by Dr. Seuss is “My Many Colored Days” which is written as a poem. I shared with my third graders some samples of poetry inspired by colors from the WritingFix website at www.writing fix.com. This lesson from WritingFix is based on students having read or heard “My Many Colored Days”. I find inspiration on all things involving writing for students at this site and highly recommend that teachers of K-8 students check out the website which is a part of the Northern Nevada Writing Project.
I showed my students several poems from a specific page at the WritingFix site at http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/ManyColoredDays3.htm. The published students had written their poems based on the format of Dr. Seuss’ book “My Many Colored Days” and had focused on strengthening word choice and having strong idea development. (The site has rubrics for students to use with peers to revise their poems.) With this first week of March being Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it seemed like a great day to have a go at writing our own poems using colors to describe our moods on days that we’ve lived. I modified a prewriting planning organizer at the WritingFix site including a place for students to name their color, the emotion associated with that color, an object that will become a simile to describe the mood, an action for the object and setting to show where they would experience the emotion. I wrote my own poem about “My Many Colored Days”. My students came up with amazing similes and descriptions about various days that they’ve had. They began posting their poems to their blogs too. Here’s my poem to describe the days of my lives:
My Many Colored Days
by Lisa Maples