We have been studying odes in poetry. We have looked at several and discussed what we notice about how the author puts the poems together. Students have done a bit of brainstorming in their notebooks and we are now at the drafting phase for most but with some ready to begin revision.
One of the biggest lessons I learned from the Slice of Life Challenge in March is that I must write with my students. They must see me as I struggle through my own writing process. I have written an ode which is on draft number 5! They thought it was "good enough" back on draft number 3. I wasn't satisfied with it. Over the course of drafting, they have seen my poem evolve into this :
Ode to a Book
A rectangle that seems ordinary
Opens onto a new adventure,
a new place, a new friend,
a new enemy
those sticks and circles and zigzags
Help me capture ideas
Escape my troubles
When I slow down
get comfy with my fuzzy red blanket
and peek between the covers
the World opens its arms
makes me Feel
Calms me, Angers me, Humanizes me
Offers me laughter
and healing tears
I am not alone
I'm still working on it. There are a few more changes that I am playing around with as I continue to draft. We will complete these by Friday and then celebrate!
I have learned so much from participating in this community! Thank you.