I read Love That Dog last night and I really liked it. I'm going to try something with the students this year. I'm going to share poetry with them each day, and then have them write in a poetry journal (spiral) in response to it. The same thing that Jack's teacher did (it seems). Hopefully they will get inspired to write poems. I'm not going to read the book to them, unless you think it's okay. I think I should save that for next year's teacher. Anyway I just wanted you to know how much I liked it. I'm inspired to make time for poetry and I'm looking forward to reading and responding to the student's journals.
Cassie Mitchell, Clear Fork Elementary, Lockhart, TXApril 4th:
We started our poetry journals today, and it was a great success. I read Shel Silverstein's A Tree House and the kids responded to it. I also gave them a copy of the poem to tape or glue into their journals. A few of them wrote poems. One of my TAG students had a bad case of writer's block and cried, but after I read the beginning of Love That Dog he felt better because Jack didn't know what to write either. Right after P.E. he wrote a wonderful poem. It's attached below. Mrs. Tate came in and observed toward the end of the lesson, and it couldn't have gone better. The students are really excited about reading and writing poems. I can't wait till tomorrow. Cassie Mitchell, Clear Fork Elementary, Lockhart, TX
Love that Dog