Yesterday, via Twitter, I found another great idea for Poetry, Book Spine Poetry, by Travis Jonker (twitter @100scopenotes and website: http://100scopenotes.com).
This morning I decided to try it out myself so I made a rare visit to my school Library (Leigh Ann would be so proud) and began playing with book spines. Also, I find it challenging to help students understand and support synthesis but today I think I discovered synthesis thinking in action. I was literally taking title ideas and creating my own poem; a new idea!
- I set foot into the library
- I read
- I wandered around the library hunting for spine inspiration, going into areas I may never normally visit if at all
- I thought of creative ways to combine titles to make meaning from others ideas
- Images popped into my head as I read titles
- I noticed books that grabbed my interest and even considered reading some (shock!)
- I felt a sense of achievement for composing a Spine Poem along with dash of amusement
- I captured the poems on my trusty iPhone (maybe I could have filmed it while reading the titles)
How could this apply to you?
- composing poetry
- a practical activity to demonstrate and explain synthesis
- describe the thinking used to select and compose a Spine Poem
- poetry for ESL, as students can compose using other’s words
- for young children, compile titles of books read or going to read
- responding using The Arts (visual, dance, music or drama) to ideas that come from titles or Spine Poems
- taking a title or a Spine Poem to then write a story (great for the Ideas Writing Trait)
- for those challenged by handwriting, take a picture of the Spine Poem
- video the Spine Poem while reading the titles out loud
- explore your library
- find a book to read that you may not have been aware of
- distinguish fiction from non-fiction by asking students to compose a poem in each section
- writing the Spine Poem for handwriting or typing practice (including using various fonts to enhance meaning)