Instructions for Growing Poetry by Tony Mitton
Shut your eyes. Open your mind.Look inside. What do you find?Something funny? Something sad?Something beautiful, mysterious, mad?Open your ears. Listen well.A word or phrase begins to swell?Catch its rhythm. Hold its sound.Gently, slowly roll it round.Does it please you? Does it tease you?Does it ask to grow and spread?Now those little words are sprouting poetryinside your head.
4th Grade Language Arts
Calling all fourth graders! Random House Books is looking for writers for a new book called Poetry for Fourths: A Collection of Poetry for Fourth Graders. Do you know the types of things that fourth graders like to read? Are you sometimes funny, serious, quiet, shy, athletic? Well then, Random House needs YOU!
Random House Books wants your help to make a new book Poetry For Fourths: A Collection of Poetry For Fourth Graders. By the time you are done with the "Process" step below you will have a poem book with:
Part 1: Glossary
You may work with a partner on Part 1. One person will be the writer, the other the researcher. You
will start by making a glossary.
1. Both partners should learn what a glossary is by visiting this link.
2. The writer will copy the words below into a Microsoft Word document.
3. The researcher should use the following web links to learn what each word means. Both partners then work together to write a definition that a fourth grader would understand. The writer should type this definition into the word document.
4. Print the glossary you have created with your partner. Both partners need to put a copy in their poetry folder.
Part 2 – Examples
Part 3 – Write Your Own
The publishers have asked that you include some original pieces of
poetry in their new book.
1. Click the poetry engine link to help you write your own limerick.
Writing a cinquain
Writing a haiku
3. Write one other original poem in any style. Illustrate this poem using whatever medium you think would work best - watercolors, colored pencils, crayon, or collage. This site can help you find words that rhyme.
Choose one poem from your folder to share with the class. Return all folders to me so I can put them in a class Poetry for Fourths book.