National Poetry Month: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School Poet-a-Palooza (Act II)

April 5, 2013 32 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2013!

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2013

WELCOME BACK TO THE NO WATER RIVER

POET-A-PALOOZA!

(ACT II)

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Did you miss ACT I? See it here!

ACT II

INTERMISSION: Lobby Chat
SCENE 1: Poems from Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Luke-Byk’s Fourth-Grade Students
SCENE 2: Four Show-Stopping Poetry Videos:
JULIE LARIOS  ~  TED SCHEU  ~  LESLIE BULION  ~  MICHAEL SALINGER
CURTAIN CALL: All the PFAMS Poets Take Another Bow

Intermission: Lobby Chat

In case you arrived late and missed Act I of the PFAMS Poet-a-Palooza, we are celebrating the release of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

I forgot to mention that I have two poems in this anthology, too, which officially marks my first appearance in an anthology! That is pretty dang exciting for me. Next week, I’ll be sharing my PFAMS poem “Opening Night.” I shot it in a real theatre and everything, so I hope you’ll stop by.

And I just realized that the PFAMS colors — purple and gold — are the school colors for my hometown Salem Generals! How fortuitous that I should re-find Mrs. Skelly just for this post.

Curtain up!

 SCENE 1: Poems from Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Luke-Byk’s Fourth-Grade Students

In Act I of the PFAMS Poet-a-Palooza, fourth-grade teacher Mary Skelly gave us a peek into her ELA classes and how she is using The Poetry Friday Anthology books with her students.

Today, the students would like to share some of their poems with us. Look at those happy poetry faces!

Mary Skelly's 4th grade class

Students from Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Luke-Byk’s fourth grade classes pose with their PFA poems

For this particular exercise, Mary followed the Take 5 activities for Jacqueline Jules’s poem “Running Back” and then had students write their own free verse poems about the sports or activities of their choice.

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THE HUNTER
by Joey

He’s holding a .22 shotgun,
up in the tree wearing green camouflage.
He can see a 12 pointer.
He picks up the gun and lines it up.
BOOM!
The feeling is so great that the
deer is down on the ground.
Now your family has something to
eat.

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DANCE OPPONENT
by Tyler

When I’m on the dance pad
I get nervous
I don’t know if my
opponent
will beat me.
I’m on Basic level, my opponent
is on beginner. The colors
on the screen are bright,
when the arrows match to the top of the screen,
I stomp on the arrow.
The song ends.
We look at the scrores,
I lost, but still had fun,
when I was dancing.

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One of the most exciting things about Mary’s experience with PFA/PFAMS is that, although the reading levels in her class run from mid first grade to ninth grade, every single student — including the non-readers — was engaged in the lesson and produced a poem to share.

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GYMNASTIC GIRL
by Matty

Flips down the balance beam.
Jumping, running, getting ready,
wearing my suit, blue and white
running down the tumble track.
You do a flip
You land it.
feels like a tingle through your body
What I do when I’m afraid
I just think how good I feel,
when I am finished.
People cheer
at the end there is a trophy.

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BASEBALL
by Logan

Walking on the field
with my helmet and my favorite bat,
and my uniform covered in black,
I’m the first to bat.
I feel the adrenaline rush.
I hit the ball,
it goes out of the park,
Running around the bases
I run right past the people.
Diving toward bases.
I finally reach home.
Slide toward the base.
Home run!
Everyone cheered
“We win!”

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These kids are excited about poetry now! They’re reading, discussing, writing, sharing, and just having fun with language. And look, they even wrote “Inspired by Jacqueline Jules” at the bottom of each poem. Aw!

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POWER OF POETRY + WONDERFUL TEACHER = POW!

 

SCENE 2: Four Show-Stopping Poetry Videos

We already saw five amazing poets in Act I, but that just didn’t seem like enough, did it? So joining in on the Poet-a-Palooza part of the post are four more PFAMS poets ready to give you the old razzle dazzle. Take it away, poets!


Julie LariosJULIE LARIOS
 

…teaches on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA Writing for Children program. She has published four books of poetry for children: On the Stairs, Have You Ever Done That?, Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book), and Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and has been included twice in the annual Best American Poetry series for her poetry for adults, and was granted a fellowship by the Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust. Composer Dag Gabrielson commissioned her pocket-opera libretto, which was performed by members of the New York City Opera for their 2011 Vox Series. Recent poems for children have appeared in several anthologies.

Visit Julie at her blog The Drift Record.

    NAMES

Saturday morning means I buy pan dulce
with Tio Chepe and my cousin Lucesita
whose name means “Little Light”–
that’s what I call her, and she laughs
and pinches me and calls me “Peace”
because my name is Paz.

In the panaderia even the pastries
have names that mean other things:
Little Horns, Little Shells, Sandals,
Bowties, Braids, and Coco Cookies,
Little Corn, Little Pigs–
everything in Spanish sounds like a song:
Cuernitos, Conchitas, Huaraches, Corbatas,
Trenzas, Cocadas, Elotitos, Cochinitos.

Saturday mornings, Saturday mornings,
that’s what I sing because I love pan dulce
and sometimes English can be a song, too.
Tio Chepe, Tio Chepe, Uncle Joey, Uncle Joey,
buy me, please, an Ojo de Buey,
the Eye of a Bull on a Saturday morning!

Tio Chepe picks out a bagful–
this one, that one, that one, this one,
while I sing, and Little Light flirts
with the boy behind the counter
whose name is Jesus.

 ~~~


Ted ScheuTED SCHEU 

…is a former elementary teacher and children’s poet from Middlebury, Vermont who is sometimes introduced as a 4th-grader stuck in a grown-up’s body. Ted, whose last name is pronounced “shy,” started writing funny poems seriously about 20 years ago. His poems are published in two dozen anthologies in the U.S. and in England, and in four recent collections called I Froze My Mother, I Tickled My TeachersI Threw My Brother Out, and the newest, for slightly younger readers, Now I Know My ZBCs: 59 School Poems for Young Gigglers. Ted spends about 100 days a year visiting schools around the world. He shares his poems and helps young writers find their voices, having the kind of fun with poems he never had as a kid. He tries to write a poem every day, and when he’s not writing or visiting schools, he loves to eat cereal with lots of milk, and ride his bike–just like any kid his age.

If you haven’t ventured yet to Ted’s website, you’re in for a tickle when you do. Ted and his “cousins” will entertain you for hours if you just remember that his target audience is 5-9 year olds. It’s all at www.poetryguy.com.

I KNOW I’M GOING SOMEWHERE

I know I’m going somewhere,
and I can hardly wait.
Somewhere’s not the sort of place
where someone should be late.

I’m leaving soon for somewhere.
I’ll ride my bike, I guess.
It all depends where somewhere is–
if it is far, or less.

I’m sure I’m going somewhere.
I’m finally on my way.
I hope I find that it’s the kind
of place I’d like to stay.

I wish I had directions
to show me how to go.
If you’ve been somewhere recently
please call and let me know.

Why, we could go together there,
around each bump and bend.
Somewhere seems much closer
when you go there with a friend.

~~~

Leslie Bulion

LESLIE BULION

…teams a life-long love of poetry and her science background in her gruesomely funny, award-winning poetry collections including At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems, Hey There, Stink Bug!and the upcoming Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse. Her other books include the middle-grade novels The Universe of Fair, Uncharted Waters, and The Trouble With Rules, and her picture book Fatuma’s New Cloth. A former school social worker with a graduate degree in oceanography, Leslie has written and edited books in the education market and has written nationally for parents and educators. She gives writing workshops and presentations to students, educators, and writers throughout the U.S.

Learn more about Leslie at www.LeslieBulion.com.

TURKEY VULTURE

This vulture
stands
on chickeny feet
and doesn’t tweet
or cluck
or peep
or cheep.
It hisses and grunts
and hunts
on the fly
gliding
on thermals of air
with its head scaly red
and wrinkly
and bare.
Its keen nose
knows aromas
from way up there
of detectable
delectable
fare
to share,
so things
dead
(or deader)
had better
beware!

~~~

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MICHAEL SALINGER

…has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 20 years. He has become a fixture in the poetry and education community, performing and teaching in over 140 cities in 26 countries. He is the founder and director of the Nova Lizard project, a seminal performance troupe in Cleveland, Ohio and chief facilitator of the teen writing and performance program at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Foundation. Eight time captain and coach of the Cleveland Slam team that represented the city at the National Poetry Slam competition, Michael has also served as a consultant and board member to Poetry Slam, Inc., the governing body of Poetry Slams across the country.

Michael’s poetry collections include Stingray-New and Collected Poems (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Neon, and Well Defined: Vocabulary in Rhyme, a collection of humorous poems defining S.A.T vocabulary words. He has co-authored three professional books, including the forthcoming High-Impact Writing Clinics: Classroom-Ready Lessons for Building Content Literacy Through Poetry, Grades 4-8 (Corwin Literacy), with Sara Holbrook with whom he lives in Ohio.

Learn more about Michael at his website at www.MichaelSalinger.com.

GEAR

If I were a gear
I’d have teeth but not a toothbrush
I could mesh with other gears
I would turn in ratio
Depending on the size of my neighbor
If they were bigger
I’d be quicker
If they were smaller
I’d spin slower
I’d turn in the opposite direction
Of my partner near
But together as two gears
We’d get the job done
Whether used in a watch
A transmission or a winch
Remember to keep
Your fingers clear
Or else you just might
Get pinched.

~~~

Standing ovation! Thank you, poets, for contributing to Act II of the PFAMS poet-a-palooza and sharing your wonderful work with us!

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School

CURTAIN CALL

One more time, here are the seventy-one poets who contributed to PFAMS. Please visit them and spread the word!

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Allan Wolf
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater 
Ann Whitford Paul
April Halprin Wayland
Avis Harley
Betsy Franco
Calef Brown
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Carole-Ann Hoyte
Carole Gerber
Charles Ghigna
Charles Waters
Cynthia Cotten
David L. Harrison
Debbie Levy
Deborah Chandra
Deborah Ruddell
Eileen Spinelli
Gail Carson Levine
George Ella Lyon
Georgia Heard
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Heidi Mordhorst

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Heidi Bee Roemer
Holly Thompson
Irene Latham 
Jack Prelutsky
Janet Wong
Jane Yolen
Jacqueline Jules
Jeannine Atkins
Jen Bryant
Joan Bransfield Graham
Joseph Bruchac
Joy Acey
Joyce Sidman
J. Patrick Lewis
Julie Larios
Juanita Havill
Kate Coombs
Ken Slesarik
Kristy Dempsey
Laura Purdie Salas
Lee Wardlaw
Leslie Bulion
Lesléa Newman
Linda Kulp

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Lorie Ann Grover
Margarita Engle
Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Singer
Mary Lee Hahn
Mary Quattlebaum
Michael J. Rosen
Michael Salinger
Monica Gunning
Naomi Shihab Nye
Nikki Grimes
Patricia Hubbell
Renée M. LaTulippe
Robert Weinstock
Robyn Hood Black
Sara Holbrook
Sonya Sones
Stephanie Calmenson
Stephanie Hemphill
Steven Withrow
Ted Scheu
Terry Webb Harshman
Virginia Euwer Wolff
X. J. Kennedy
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Many, many thanks

to Mary Skelly and Tina Luke-Byk for sharing their students’ poems and helping promote poetry in the classroom

and to Julie Larios, Ted Scheu, Leslie Bulion, and Michael Salinger, and all the PFAMS poets for sharing your talents. Take a bow!

THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tomorrow
I will sleep late,
walk my dog,
ride my bike,
read for fun,
play some tunes,
text my friends,
meet at the mall…
hey, wait,
maybe I’ll do
nothing at all
just
because
I
can.

–Stephanie Calmenson

The lovely diva Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge is lifting the curtain on Poetry Friday today. Go throw some roses at her!
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29 Comments

  1. Matt Forrest
    4 years ago

    Nice to see kids getting into poetry like that…it not only helps them write and think, but to observe – and that’s so important. Enjoyed the poems you shared, too, especially Leslie’s!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      It’s always exciting when kids get excited about learning ANYTHING. And they really take so naturally to poetry.

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  2. Janet Wong
    4 years ago

    Mrs. Skelly and Mrs. Luke-Byk: you are doing such an inspiring job! And you must be SO proud of your students!!

    Joey, Tyler, Matty, and Logan: I enjoyed reading your poems very much. Jacqueline Jules’s poem “Running Back” was a great starting point for these poems about your own favorite activities. I hope you write LOTS at home, just for fun!!

    Julie: you made me hungry for pastries. We used to visit a panaderia once in a while when I was growing up in L.A., and I want to go back for a box-full now!

    Ted: I feel I’m going somewhere today, too . . . where is ti? Oh, yes: the supermarket!

    Leslie: you clearly feel at home outdoors in an open field, wind blowing every which way. Are you sure that you were not a bird in another life?

    Michael: WHAT a performer you are! I can see why you are so incredibly popular in schools!!

    And thank you again, Renee, for this poetry feast!

    Reply

  3. Linda
    4 years ago

    My middle school classes and I are enjoying these videos! Thanks so much for sharing them!

    Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      That’s great, Linda – I’m so glad the videos are making it into some classrooms. It’s so great for kids to see the authors reading their own work. 🙂

      Reply

  4. Sylvia Vardell
    4 years ago

    Thank you, Renee, for gathering this marvelous group! Love seeing our poets “in person” and then getting to see the kids and their work too was the icing on the cake!

    Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      Aren’t they all great? I also love seeing PFA/PFAMS in action in the classroom. So encouraging!

      Reply

  5. Ed DeCaria
    4 years ago

    Enjoyed Act II just as much as Act I. Thanks, Renée! It is great entertainment AND education to see how each poet presents themselves and their work live / on camera. -Ed

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  6. Robyn Hood Black
    4 years ago

    (Clapping and whistling wildly) – Bravo! Brava! Another wonderful act. Thanks so much for sharing all this goodness.

    Student poets – well done! Thank you for sharing your work, and keep writing. Thanks to your creative teachers, too.

    Each video was a delight. I was thinking, reading Leslie’s bio that she’s a “former school social worker with a graduate degree in oceanography” – that this is why I love children’s writers so much! ;0) And I’ve always had a thing for turkey vultures, so I’d already zeroed in on this poem in the book. A treat to hear her read it.

    Julie, I’ve been a fan for a while and this was a gift to hear you read your poem with all those beautiful names. Ted, you make going somewhere fun! And I’m happy to now know how to pronounce your last name. Michael, I might have understood physics if I’d had poetry like yours back in the day, and it certainly would have been more enjoyable.

    Thanks to all, and Happy Poetry Month! (Oh, and thanks for the roses, Renée – backatcha.)

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      Robin, it’s true – it’s so great to learn about all the different backgrounds of the poets. Oceanography always sounds so impressive! 🙂

      Grazie per le rose, bella.

      Reply

  7. Linda Baie
    4 years ago

    Wonderful to see the student poets. They captured good memories & I hope they’ll remember those poems published here, Renee. Great experience the teachers are doing with them. Again, I loved all the videos-will certainly share & share with teachers at school! Thank you for all the work; the anthology is terrific, like the first one!

    Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      Thank you for continuing to share the work of all these wonderful poets, Linda! You are truly a treasure. 🙂

      Reply

  8. Penny Klostermann
    4 years ago

    I waited until the end of my busy day to read Act II. I wanted to enjoy every moment and not be rushed. And enjoy I did!!!!
    I absolutely loved reading the student poems. I will definitely reference Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Luke-Byk’s classes and their poems for my poetry workshop this summer. I am wanting to help teachers with poetry resources and Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Luke-Byk’s have handed it to me on a silver platter! Along with their ideas and the poet’s videos, teachers will feel as if they’ve found a treasure chest.
    I am ordering my copy of the middle school anthology. I already own the elementary anthology.
    Renee, congrats on your poems. I’m very excited for you and can’t wait to hear you read “Opening Night”.

    Reply

    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      Penny – HOORAY! I’m so glad you can use these posts as examples in your workshop — that’s what they’re here for, so it’s exciting to know they’ll be making their way into the world. And thanks for being such an enthusiastic supporter of NWR since day one – you are fabulous!

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      • Penny Klostermann
        4 years ago

        I received my anthology yesterday! And this is the honest truth…when I let it fall open, it opened to “Opening Night”! Yes! It did!
        🙂

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  9. Ruth
    4 years ago

    You are an amazing poetry booster and assembler of people. Wonderful as always!

    Reply

  10. Charles Waters
    4 years ago

    Thank you students! Thank you teachers! Thank you poets! Thank you Renee! A W E S O M E.

    Reply

  11. Mary Lee
    4 years ago

    Fabulous series. It’s so fun to get to see/hear the poets behind the poems!

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  12. Margaret Simon
    4 years ago

    Not one act, but two! Wow! This is great poetry fun. My anthology arrived this week and I can’t wait to share the videos and poems with my students after dreadful state testing. We will all need a pick me up and here it is.
    Thanks to all the poets for sharing! You are such an inspiration!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      Margaret, I’m so glad you’ll be sharing these poems with your students. Poetry is, indeed, a wonderful pick-me-up and will hopefully help reignite a spark for your kids!

      Reply

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill
    4 years ago

    So great to see teachers using your anthology and kids getting excited about poetry! This will be a hard act to follow 🙂

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  14. Mrs.Skelly's4th grade
    4 years ago

    Hello. we are back from vacation. congratulations on doing your best in the poetry competion. It was cool to see us on your blog. Thank you for showing a picture of us and for showing our poems. Have a good day we will let you know how our competition is going.

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      4 years ago

      HELLO, MRS. SKELLY’s 4TH GRADE!!!! 🙂

      I’m so glad you like the post. I have to thank you and your teachers for allowing me to show your wonderful faces and beautiful poetry — you are a big hit with all the poets!

      And thank you also for your support during March Madness. I hope you’ll be sending me regular reports on your competition. But remember it’s not all about winning — it’s about writing your best poems and having lots of fun doing it.

      Big hugs from Italy to Salem!!!!

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      • Ed DeCaria
        4 years ago

        RE: “And thank you also for your support during March Madness. I hope you’ll be sending me regular reports on your competition. But remember it’s not all about winning — it’s about writing your best poems and having lots of fun doing it.” … +1

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