My class and I have been working in our poetry unit. Last week we had a visitor from TC come in. One of my biggest take-aways was that we are teaching the poet, not the poem. She suggested that we push revision, especially writing about the same topic using different structures and different strategies.
So I’m setting out to do that. I challenged my class to write about the same topic at least 5 times. They are anxiously awaiting each day where I am sharing a new version of my swimming poem too.
(Note I purposely started with an acrostic poem because so many of my students are doing these. I wanted them to see how they could branch out)
IM is all the strokes in 1 race
Meets that take forever.
Making a splash.
Increase your speed to win.
Natatorium is a fancy word for indoor pool
Getting in a cold pool, even in the winter.