Thursday, July 11, 2019

Poetry Friday -- 3, 6, 9, 12



Journal Sparks helped me with my poems for this week. I used bits and pieces of ideas from the book. First, I made some watercolor boxes and cut them out when they had dried. Then I randomly chose the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12. From a list of prompts in the book, I chose four words -- tree, lines, buildings, and cake. I wrote the numbers and the words on little scraps of paper and shuffled them up, then paired each number scrap with a word scrap. The number told me how many words I could use in each poem, and the word became the topic of the poem.

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Tabatha gave Jone a creative way to compose poems -- a poetry fortune teller! Check out Tabatha's triolet and all of the other Poetry Friday offerings at Jone's Deowriter.


18 comments:

  1. How fun! I love how you gave yourself a rule to follow and then created. Cake is my favorite!

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  2. I have that book and love it, Mary Lee. Your creativity shows in each, and I love that 'vertical urge'!

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  3. I picked up this book several months ago but haven't had a chance to explore. I love all your creations, but have to agree with Linda about "Cake." I love the look of the poems on the watercolor, too. Thanks for sharing this clever idea!

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  4. Cake, like life.... I love that! And the watercolor is such a wonderful practice.... love it. xo

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  5. I am inspired by all the creativity this week--first Tabatha's fortune teller, and your watercolor/number/word creations.

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  6. I got sidetracked reading about this book. My library has it so I can test it out before purchasing it!
    I love lines!

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  7. What spectacular creativity--multi-layered and sweet!

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  8. What a creative idea, Mary Lee! As I am decorating my chocolate truffles, I am reading your post and definitely decided that I am drawn to the poem, Cake.

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  9. Each poem is unique and relatable, Mary Lee. I especially love the 'lines' poem - it was 'in line' with my thinking. =)

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  10. I am adding this to my list of activities to try with my students this year. I especially like your cake comparison to life, multi-layered and sweet.

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  11. It does just wake your brain up out of its lazy familiarity to mix and match, doesn't it? I think your three-word tree is brilliant in every way, and I like what "lines" does to my perspective. I'll check this book out. Did it prescribe the painting, or was that your personal warm-up?

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    1. None of what I did was a suggested activity from the book. I truly took bits and pieces and made my own challenge! It's a fun book. I want to try more sketch noting and visual note taking/idea generation with my students this year. This is me trying out what I'll ask my students to do!

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  12. What a wonderfully fun and creative poetry writing challenge you've created here! I suspect more than one person is already reaching for her watercolors! Each of these poems is wonderful, but I'm particularly drawn to tree. I love the active lens for something we so often see as passive or as still background scenery.

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  13. Fantastic! You are a Poetic Play Master!!

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  14. Sounds like a fun poetry prompt book, thanks for sharing "Journal Sparks" with us Mary Lee. I especially like your Sweet Cake poem!

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  15. This sounds fun and I love that you got out some watercolors to help your process and product! Way to stretch more than the formation of letters and words!

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  16. I think I need this book.

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