SOLC #14: I Speak Poetry

As I entered the herd of students gathered to go outside for recess, one of my students came next to me. We started walking together.   

“I keep speaking poetry. I can’t speak normally, ” she exclaimed.

“What do you mean?  You speak poetry?” I asked.

“I started saying a line using poetry and now I can’t stop. Everything I say sounds like poetry!”

I love that she can speak in “poetry”. I’m even more excited to start our poetry unit tomorrow!  🙂

One of my favorite poems to read with my students:

Safety Pin

by Valerie Worth

Closed, it sleeps

On its side


The silver


Of some

Small fish;


Opened, it snaps

Its tail out

Like a thin

Shrimp, and looks at the sharp

Point with a

Surprised eye.


Equilibrium: kiss

Photo by   Felipe Gabaldon realeased by Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

7 thoughts on “SOLC #14: I Speak Poetry

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I am in the middle of a poetry group. I’ll ask them if they ‘speak’ poetry. They’ll love the idea, I think. Thanks for the ‘safety pin’-such a good line of words.

  2. Diana Martin says:

    Speaking poetry . . . Love it! And very cool the poem. Teaching kids to enjoy and create poetry is one of my favorite things. I hope you will be posting what you are doing in class. I am always interested in hearing about lessons and reading kid writing.

  3. Tam says:

    I know that poem. I used it in my poetry packet. Excellent to work with. I didn’t like to study poetry until I developed a packet of poetry that might interest my age group of 7th graders.

    • jee young says:

      That’s exactly what I do as well. I give them a packet of mentor text poems we use throughout the unit! 🙂

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