- Read poetry to your students leading up to the celebration.
- One of the easiest poems to write collaboratively is a list poem. Choose a topic and have students list ideas and thoughts while you transcribe the words for the whole class.
- Make decisions as a group about a title, order of the lines and if there should be stanza breaks.
- Okay, you are ready to write the poem outside (or inside on a chalkboard or black paper). Students can help with this or you can write the words.
- Students can illustrate important details from the poem.
- Photograph the poem and illustrations for a blog post.
- Once your blog post is published, visit Teaching Young Writers on the last day of the month and post your unique URL in a comment. What is a unique URL? This is the link that goes directly to your blog post, not just the main page of your blog.
- Last job? Visit the other celebrators. Show your students all the chalk poems and illustrations to drum up excitement and ideas for the following month.
I would love it if you would join me at the end of the month and share some chalk
at Teaching Young Writers.
- From your favorite poet or from your own notebook, put a poem on a piece of ground somewhere (asphalt, sidewalk, maybe even a fence--just make sure it is appropriate and legal).
- Illustrate it if you like with chalk too and take a photo!
- Post it to your blog and link here on Chalk-A-Bration day.