The Reading Pros are poets, and they know it!

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, The Reading Pros met today to discuss Love that Dog by Sharon Creech.  This book is a verse novel about a boy named Jack who thinks poetry is for girls.  He ends up writing a lot of poems about his dog, Skye and learns about different poets and styles of poetry in the process.  This is the first time that we have discussed a verse novel, and it was a big hit!  Thanks to Martha for the book recommendation 🙂

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In addition to talking about the book, we also tried some different styles of poetry.  Many of the group members were already familiar with haikus, acrostics, and limericks.  One girl mentioned Cinquain poems, which I had never heard of before.  Everyone chose a style they were comfortable with and got to work.  Here’s an example of a shape poem:

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We found that these are fun to write, but repetitive to read out loud!  We also made some magnetic poetry by choosing some words from a magazine and gluing them to cardstock.  We attached magnets to the back and voila!  DIY magnetic poetry.

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How are you planning to celebrate National Poetry Month?

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