|at Two Writing Teachers!|
Last year, I was blown away by the amazing learning I came away with (and the fact that I got to meet Ruth Ayres!) This year, the highlight was an inspiring keynote from Ralph Fletcher. My favorite part was that he provided an opportunity for us to experience what it's like to write with a mentor text. He showed us one of his poems, "The Good Old Days," and then gave us a few minutes to write our own poem, using the first and last stanzas of his.
Since I loved to write poetry, it was really easy for me to create a poem with the same structure and a similar feel. This is what I came up with: (remember, the first and last stanzas are Ralph's!)
Sometimes I remember
the good old days
tromping through the creek,
muddy and laughing.
Baseball in the backyard
with my daddy's sure pitches,
barefoot in the garden,
my small rake in time with his.
Cutting tomatoes for spaghetti sauce,
my mom's smile hovering over my shoulder.
I still can't imagine
anything better than that.
|Helping Daddy in our old backyard!|
I can't wait to "see" you all for the March Challenge!!!
Thanks for sharing your learning. I never thought of that before, but now I will keep it in mind when I talk about/use mentor texts. What a sweet picture that is a perfect match to your poem. Looking forward to March too. As I type this my ipad dings that an email is there, guess who left me a comment. :-)ReplyDelete
I'm always so jealous when I read of the events people go to and the people they get to meet. Sounds fun! I can't wait for March either. Isn't it funny that we get so excited to "see" people we've never really met.ReplyDelete
Ralph is incredible. How luck you were to hear him speak. He's going to be making a cameo during the SOLSC. (Stay tuned for more info.)ReplyDelete
Would love to go to the Dublin Literacy Conference one day. If only it were closer...
It's an awesome event, Stacey! You have to come sometime so I can meet you like I met Ruth! :-) (ok, and also because I'm sure your session would be amazing!)Delete
Hearing about the Dublin Literacy Conference makes me wish I could come. I'll have to check out the tweets. My favorite line - "barefoot in the garden, my small rake in time with his." Now I need to find a copy of "The Good Old Days," so I can try writing my own poem.ReplyDelete
I've read so much about this event, Jennifer. Great that you got to go. I saw Ralph Fletcher at my conference too, & he talked about different things-interesting. Your poem is special & that photo is too! I'm glad you shared it with the poem. I can't wait either! Here we go!!ReplyDelete
I love when people give sneak peeks into professional development opportunities. It is like I vicariously get to absorb some inspiration. I could see Ralph Fletcher speak about mentor texts 50 times and not get tired of him. Thanks for sharing your poem and pic to deepen your explanation.ReplyDelete