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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Perfectly Poised for Poems

Except for an occasional name called by me, second graders were completely silent on the story steps. They had just finished listening to the first three chapters of Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant and were so interested in the 40 poetry books on the book cart about which I had told them. When called forward, children either carefully looked through the books or immediately selected the one most appealing.

Their task? Find one especially appealing poem to word process for sharing on Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 26th. After a bit, the chatter started. Children read aloud to one another. In their excitement, some brought poems to me to share what they loved. Some started typing. They told each other the poems needed to look like they did on the page. They asked where the comma key was located. All asked me to record page numbers so they could find their poems easily next week.

I pushed the cart back to our office with a sigh of contentment.


  1. Hurrah for poetry, and hurrah for the Library Jewel who is spreading it around! Please let us know what some of their choices were.

  2. i think we are all sharing that sigh with you.

  3. What a wonderful way to combine literature and keyboarding skills!