IMG_5611My 2nd graders have been working on personal narratives in each of their classrooms.  I decided to switch up our writing about reading response and have them write a poem for me.  My 2nd graders struggled with the fact poems don’t have to be in complete sentences.  “But, Ms. Acuff, this is not a sentence!”  We had to change our thinking for this activity.

We read a book about a special moment in a girl’s life when she got to take her sister’s old jacket and make it into a new, bedazzled jacket.  The story wasn’t exactly a personal narrative, but we talked about how it could have been made into a personal narrative since it was a special moment for her.  From there I had the students talk in group about special moments for them in their life.  I got to hear IMG_5629about lots of fun trips, pet, family time, and birthdays.  They needed to include what happened, when did it happen, how did it make you feel, what did you do, and how did it end.

The students wrote about this special moment in their journal, including lots of details.  We conferenced over the writing and put it into a poem format.  It was fun to see them decide how they would phrase their poems.

IMG_5634You’ll see in the top picture that we were taken over by paper.  They had to rip up strips of paper Next time I will know that very little paper is needed for this.  Next time I would just have the kids pick between 2 colors.  It was just overwhelming.

IMG_5633Students then were asked to put their writing onto their paper.  The goal was to try and have the words in the poem have motion to them to capture the reader’s attention.  This was easier for some students than others.  It was a little difficult to get their sentences to fit all on one line of text.  We had a lot of fun reading the poems and sharing them with each other.

Antavious says he reads my blog, so if you’re reading this, Antavious, hello to you! 🙂  Keep up the good work in group!