SOLSC Day 5

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Other Published Writers

I have a blog, but I don’t consider my writing published yet. I hope that someday I will live like other published writers — reaping the benefits of readers wanting to peruse and use my work. My daughter is living my dream; she just got a letter from her college literary magazine: “We love your poem…we want to publish it…please fill out information…create a 50-word bio for the back of the book…”

So wonderful!

I should get moving; our parallel dreams are moving at lightning speed…and the train is pulling out of the station!

Slice of Life Tuesdays: Poem for the SOLSC in March!

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Gearing up for Writing

We are just a few days away; I wonder what I’m going to say?

So excited to share again, making friends, wondering when

I’ll get my posts done.

I’m so busy each day, but it takes just a moment to say

a slice of my life.

Sharing is the best; I love to read the rest!

Tell me about you, too!

See you all on March 1st! Have a great SOLSC month!

Everyone Knows Better

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“The grass is always greener on the other side.”

No, it’s not.

“Live Your Dreams!”

I wish.

“You should…(insert statement of advice here).”

I’m not you.

“Listen.”

You listen.

“Have a nice day!”

Thank you! You as well.

 

Another post about giving and taking advice that I found today was my daughter’s blog post, “Review of Katelyn Cameron’s Article.” It was interesting that we were both at our computers, essentially writing about the same thing. Hers is more detailed and specific, but pretty good, I think! Check it out.

http://courtneyrenee.me/2014/12/13/a-review-of-katelyn-camerons-article/

Slice of Life Tuesday: No Time to Slice!

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My friend has been writing haikus about her life. They are fabulous! I’ll try one now — quickly.

No slicing tonight —

Work to be done by Thursday.

End of First Quarter

Slice of Life Tuesday: Memories of Summer

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Summer’ here! Summer is almost gone.

School’s out. School will begin soon.

Dreaming of the good life…dreaming never ends!

 

Slice of Life Tuesday: End of the School Year…Finally…?

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Tomorrow is the last school day with students before break. Wow! What a year. I wrapped up with an interesting meeting with my partner teacher and our principal. Yes, it was a long year (thanks to the snow days!). Yes, we are ready for a break. But we are also looking forward to the next school year — an exciting new adventure awaits!

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and colleagues that made this school year one for the books. I appreciate all of you!

A little poem to leave with you:

Forget that we started class before eight. Forget your pencil? No, I won’t wait! Forget the answers on the test? Forget to act your very best?
Forget the author, forget the plot. Forget which book was great, or not. Forget to walk straight in the hall. Forget to pick up the basketball.

But don’t forget the fun we had. (Don’t forget to ask for new IPads!) Don’t forget to help each other; she’s your sister, he’s your brother. Don’t forget to think of me whenever you use the Power of Three.

Don’t forget the lessons you learned, about thinking, dreaming, and how you turned…work into the fabulous grades you earned.

Forget about Ellis Island, Russia’s pogroms, and geography’s many, many miles. But don’t forget —

— I’ll miss your smiles!

This poem was inspired by Kenn Nesbitt’s “What to Remember in School” (from Aliens Have Landed at our School, 2006)

 

SOL Tuesday: April Fool’s Day and Poetry Month

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Let’s Get It Started!

I’m ready to go! The Slice of Life Story Challenge ended yesterday, and it’s time to start posting Tuesday Slice of Life writing today. I’m going to attempt more poetry this month to celebrate National Poetry Month. What a great day to start — April Fool’s Day!

Anna’s post talked about immersion as a great way to begin a poetry unit. Students can enjoy the writing and then start asking themselves, “What does the author want me to feel and think?” I loved the poem I wrote for the SOLSC in March when I stole from a Ralph Fletcher mentor text — first line and last line — and then made the rest my own. I think that my students will be amazed at how thoughtful and poetic they can be when they have a place to start.  We are going to try it! Tomorrow is my scheduled “weird day” (we have computer lab and other things to do outside of the classroom), so we will have time to explore some poetry. It’s going to be a great month!

After reading a plethora of April Fool’s Day stories and poems, I thought I would begin by trying to capture a classroom, Kenn Nesbitt-style. (inspiration from “April Fool’s Day,” 2007, by Kenn Nesbitt)

                    Dolly put a spider in the teacher’s left desk drawer.

                    David emptied trash cans, then shot baskets, yelling, “Score!”

                    Andre found out Lily couldn’t take it any-more.

                    He told the teacher, “April Fool’s!” then rolled, laughing, on the floor.

I cannot believe I wasn’t caught today in an April Fool’s prank! I’m relieved I can take tonight to reminisce and regain strength for tomorrow, when somebody will probably remember to “get me.” Happy Poetry Month! Happy April Fool’s Day!

 

 

 

 

Day 26: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Inspiration Poem: Trying It Again

Thanks to my fellow Slicers and Ralph Fletcher for reminding me to use a mentor text and recreate it with my own words. Here’s my attempt:

The Good Old Days

Sometimes I remember

the good old days.

We traveled to Florida

to catch spring break’s rays.

The most fun I ever had

was sitting on the beach with Mom,

walking to the pier with Dad.

Sea shells collected, sand castles erected.

Needing that sunscreen and hat

so sun poisoning wouldn’t make you lay flat

on the bed; can’t go out, Oh drat!

Playing with sis in the pool after dark,

Going to Disney, can’t find anywhere to park!

Returned to the balcony, tired, just sat.

I still can’t imagine

anything better than that!

Day 15: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Ode to My Car 

(A Parody using “How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Honda, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth, breadth, and height the snow can reach.

My songs I sing, when feeling out of sight, the notes out of tune, but it’s all right.

I love thee to the level of every day’s need, while driving to store and school and beach.

I love thee freely, as I don’t pay by month.

I love thee purely, as others turn from praise; not sorry you are old, and dirty, and grey.

I love thee with the passion to put to use, the air conditioner, the cup holders for juice.

I love thee, that I can share, my tears, my joys, traveling anywhere.

Smiles, tears, all of my life; and if I choose,

I love thee better when you’re in cruise.

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I’m feeling funky tonight! I wanted to mix parody, odes, and classic pieces. Everything has been so serious lately, that I just wanted to try something new. I have gone over poetry lessons and readings from the past, and I thought, “Just Do It.” This has been a great night for adventures in writing! Sometimes girls just wanna’ have fun.

Have a great weekend!

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