Today in writer's workshop, we made heart maps to give the students ideas on what they could write poems about. They were to draw a heart on their page and then inside the poem write things that are important to their hearts.
My heart’s “list” looked like this:
Mom and Dad
Matt and Angu
After the students had time to think, and write I gave them just a few minutes to rough write a poem from their heart maps.
I heard over and over for the first few minutes that they couldn’t think of a poem, that they couldn’t do it.
So I did one on the board while they did one on their paper, and this is the result:
Then after we came back from specials I made a few adjustments to the poem to show the students how to work with rough drafts and sloppy copies:
Tired Children crying
With the River flowing
Through our heads