with Michelle Cameron
We had a great class on this last October meeting of the year…
Among the comments on today’s sampling of writing were:
- Poems don’t need to rhyme! But they do need to adhere to an internal rhythm.
- Poems don’t need to follow the same rules of punctuation or capitalization as prose.
- This particular poem used the senses beautifully (previewing our topic for next week!)
We did another “pick three” exercise today, picking three “spooky” words out of my magician’s hat – just in time for Halloween!
The stories that came out of this exercise ranged from spooky to violent, foreboding to unexpected.
As we had a few minutes to spare when the kids were done, we took what they considered their favorite line out of each story and put them together into one fairly nonsensical story. I’ve rearranged the sentences to make the most sense out of what they gave me:
“Why hello, child, do you need a ride home?” The Wizard’s name was Drake the Doofus. His whole figure appeared as if it would melt into the night.
The ominous crooked mansion stands proudly at the top of the mountain. I saw a rainbow in the distance.
I howled as they hacked off my finger with a kitchen knife.
Uncle Vicky, married to Aunt Icky, got me a spelling book of how to spell spells. I just tried to turn them out.
Well, I did say it was fairly nonsensical!
As usual, one of three choices:
Happy Halloween, everyone!