This post is a bit belated, but I want to publicly express my gratitude to Donors Choose and everyone who contributed to my Tuesdays with Poetry project!  Thanks to the generous donations by so many people, the project was funded March 21.  I’m in awe of the kindness of so many people who helped make this project come to fruition, especially as the final funding came through as the coronavirus has just really hit our nation.

We will not be returning to our physical school building this year, but I’ll be getting this wonderful library of poetry books in the fall for the new school year for my students to use and enjoy.

We’ve been continuing our poetry work as we’ve been doing learning from home, and roughly half of my students completed their virtual poetry presentations for this quarter using Flipgrid.   We used a set of guided thinking questions and graphic organizers from Stacey Lloyd both last quarter and this quarter to help students think through their reflections on their poems; I used this rubric to evaluate the virtual presentations (it’s very similar to the one for “in-person” presentations last quarter).

I had hoped to have students engage with each other and provide feedback, but it was a struggle to get even half of my students to post their presentations in a 10 day period.  We’ll try again to have some virtual discussion about a poem later this month though I’m not sure if I will use Flipgrid or Seesaw for that learning experience.  I am going to have students vote on which platform they prefer in a virtual ticket out the door today.

You can see the selection of poems by students by clicking here.   I was quite impressed by the poem choices from my students, especially for them to be 8th graders.   We will continue to engage in poetry study using Common Lit and Actively Learn for the rest of the month as we work on several of our Reading Literature standards and celebrate National Poetry Month.  We may also engage in this fun Poetry Madness activity that is available for free.  Last but not least , we’ll also flex our creative writing muscles by borrowing some of the creative writing strategies for poetry from Sarah Donovan’s Ethical ELA blog.