Chapter 9 in Elliot got me exicted about gathering language with my students. Honestly, this is one area of writing I had never thought about. I think she made some great points. She discussed the importance of read alouds for student of all ages. I am a huge believer of read alouds. In fact, reading aloud to my kids is one of my favorite parts of the day. I read to them after lunch with the lights dimmed. It calms them down and lets them regain focus after a fun lunch. It is amazing to see them get engrossed in a good book. Many days they beg me to read more! What more could a teacher want? One thing I need to work on is being more mindful about books that I choose to read. Often times, I pick books that I love or I let them choose books that they love. I think it is important for me to make sure I am choosing books with different types of language so they can be exposed to different forms of text.
I love the idea of having students keep a section in the back of their notebook with words they love. I also like the idea of having students “play with words.” I think just telling them they were going to play with words would excite my 2nd graders. The smooth sounding words, bumpy words, hard sounding words…. such a cool idea!
The writing workshop ideas were interesting. For some reason, I cannot remember ever creating a found or concrete poem during school. I do remember creating acrostic and haikus. I LOVED reading Flicker Flash. I cannot wait to share this book with my 2nd graders and let them create concrete poems. African Acrostics is a beautiful book! I know my students would love it.
I enjoyed reading the manuscript. I think creating acrostic poems will definately help alleviate the stress of poetry for students. I can relate to students writing poems that make no sense just to make them rhyme. I was one of those students in elementary school! The manuscript made a good point about the importance of modeling poetry. I think teachers do a good job of exposing students to poetry but then just saying “ok go write one.” I agree that students need to see their teachers write poetry (but that does take the teacher out of his/her comfort zone). The real life classroom examples were very helpful to me in integrating content area. I think this is so important because as teachers we always feel that we can never fit everything in.