Monday, March 24, 2014

Spine Poems in March

My students had just finished three plus hours of ELL testing (our annual testing). I could not imagine giving them another book  essay to read or write. We needed a break. 

Poetry!!!!
I love spine poems! This past week it has been fun reading the different spine poems that writers have posted on their blogs. I decided that I could tackle spine poems, and at the same time highlight different books for my students. Maybe a cover or a title would spark some one's interest.

Have you seen the Namesake movie?
One of my 11th grade ELL girls considers
My Perfect Life her favorite book.

Hostage has been a good choice
 for my lower high school readers.
Kendra and The Beast have been borrowed more than once or twice.
Soul Stealer is gaining interest.


We needed a little competition during the class time as well. After all, students were coming from a long test, and lethargy was settling in. So I wrote a list of book titles on the board in random order. Students had the task of creating a spine poem. They were allowed to add prepositions to their poem.

Here is the winner spine poem by S.G. without prepositions.

Now imagine how different this poem could be by using different prepositions. Which prepositions would you use?

20 comments:

  1. This is fun! Not only have you shared several poems, but you left a poem puzzle for us (and maybe a little preposition practice too). I guess I'd go with: The Car cut out. Someone named Eva within the compound under maximum security.
    And then I can imagine generating a story from that. Thanks! :)

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    1. Love your poem! Thanks for trying.

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  2. This really is a great activity. It is interesting to see what titles students combine. I can see lots of starting points for other lessons from this activity.

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    1. This is such fun! I might do it again at the end of the year!

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  3. Fun activity for adults and children. It's not easy to make the book spine poems because you have word boundaries. I posted some book spine poems today.

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    1. Hopping to see your poems right now!

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  4. What a fun activity for your students! They were working but yet they were playing with words and finding the best fit for the titles. Great poems!

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    1. Playing while working on academics!

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  5. I did spine poetry with my students the week of our big tests as well. They had fun, and a few found new books to read as well.

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    1. Kay, mine found new books to read as well!

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  6. I love doing these - so much fun to shift books and suddenly create a whole new meaning in the poem.

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    1. And it makes students look at the books in a new way!

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  7. Wow! That is really interesting! I have never heard of "spine poems" before. Maybe I will give it a try in the future. Glad you kids could have fun with this activity today and enjoy a much-needed break after all of the testing!

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    1. Hop over to Terje's blog to read some very good spine poems!

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  8. Spine poems are popping up like tulips! I really like the good neighbors one! I really need to try this. It might one those "I don't know what to write about" slices, especially as we get to the end!

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    1. I think today was the day for spine poems! Team effort, you know:)

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  9. I love spine poems, and you were so smart to have the kids create them after the testing. They did a great job. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. At times alternative ideas produce great fruit!

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  10. I bet your students LOVED this. What a fun idea to do with a bunch of over-tested students to get them excited about literacy again. Great share, Jaana!

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    1. This really was literacy in hiding! Teaching students without them really realizing that they were learning.

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