We are beginning to focus on poetry in Reading Workshop. The best poetry sparks some sort of emotion within the reader. A good poem should make us laugh or make us cry. It might surprise us or make us think. It might open our hearts and connect us with the writer.
As we work towards the craft of becoming writers, and with the hope of opening awareness of others, students have a special assignment. During the next five days, give to someone else. The task is ten random acts of kindness. This can be to a peer, a friend, a relative, or a total stranger. The point though is to focus on the interaction of the person involved.
On Friday, Reading Workshop students will pick one event, emotion, thought, or idea from the week and share it in a poem. I am sure with this year's students, there will be some amazing poetry.