We are finishing up concrete poetry and working on free verse. Some classes began writing free verse poems and some will begin next week. Everyone should be working on their poem that they are memorizing for Poetry Cafe. It will be here before we know it.
The poem I shared with all the classes this week was "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt. The students really enjoyed it. We took time to talk about the lesson of the poem which is to be cautious around strangers and people who flatter us. I spoke with them about listening to their "inner radar" which sometimes makes us feel uncomfortable. Some of the students equated this with their conscience and knowing right from wrong. It was a good discussion! Next week, in honor of Halloween, I will be sharing "The Raven."