Step 1: Scan the page first before reading it completely. Keep an eye out for an anchor word as you scan. An anchor word is one word on the page that stands out to you because it is packed and loaded with meaning and significance. Starting with an anchor word is important because it helps you to imagine possible themes and topics for your poem.
Step 2: Now read the page of text in its entirety. Use a pencil to lightly circle any words that connect to the anchor word and resonate with you. Resonant words might be expressive or evocative, but for whatever reason, these are the words on the page that stick with you. Avoid circling more than three words in a row.
Step 3: Read the circled words and piece them together to create the lines of a poem. You can eliminate parts of words, especially any endings, if it helps to keep the meaning of the poem clear. Try different possibilities for your poem before selecting the lines for your final poem. If you are stuck during this step, return back to the original page of text. The right word you are searching for could be there waiting for you.
Step 5: Return to the page of text and circle only the words you selected for the final poem. Remember to also erase the circles around any words you will not be using.
Step 6: Blackout (or color over) any words you will not be using in your poem. Alternatively, add an illustration or design to the page of text that connects to your poem. Be very careful not to draw over the circled words you selected for your final poem!
In June, we'll wrap up the school year with a brief introduction to the Atlas and Almanac. We'll also complete our last Breakout Box to review what we learned in 5th grade library class.
In March, we'll explore a valuable database called PebbleGo Next and learn how to use this resource to find specific information. Students will use the biography category of this database to find an alternative historical figure to replace Ben Franklin on the $100 bill.