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           Writing tools, tips, and tricks!


National Poetry Month

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 6:27 PM Comments comments (0)
Dear students, parents, and teachers,

State testing is over (for now). I'm enjoying a well-deserved break, and I trust you all are too.

April is National Poetry Month. Scholastic has great poetry activity ideas for teachers.

Also, go to my poetry page (Scrumptious Poetry) and check out my free poetry resources, plus I have similar resources for sale in my TPT store:

The National Poetry Month website has celebration suggestions and cool posters:

Here's the poem on this year's poster:

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

It reminds me of the poem "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam:

Don't be polite.  
Bite in.  
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that  
May run down your chin.  
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.  

You do not need a knife or fork or spoon  
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.  

For there is no core  
or stem  
or rind  
or pit  
or seed  
or skin  
to throw away. 

April is the perfect month to write some scrumptious poetry. I know I will!

Happy writing,

Write Cook

Fun with Poetry

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Dear students, parents, and teachers,

Studying the language of poetry was fun. You'll be spending the last weeks of the school year writing poems (even more fun!) that showcase what you've learned, especially the use of imagery. Your poems may be on any topic, but should incorporate sensory details (descriptions that appeal to the five senses) and figurative language (similes, metaphors, etc.)

The following documents will help:

Writing Poetry (PDF — 219 KB)


And here you'll find examples to inspire you:

Have fun writing and sharing your poems!

Write Cook

Poetry Break

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Dear students, parents, and teachers,

I trust you all had a wonderful spring break. 

Let's take a respite from essay writing:

One great way to develop language usage is to study and write poetry. Many elements of poetry can be applied to writing fiction and nonfiction. Writing poetry also helps us develop an eye for revision. Plus it's a fun and wonderful way to express our feelings and our view of the world.

So how about following spring break with a bit of poetry?

Begin by learning a few things about poetry:

About Poetry (PDF — 176 KB)

Reading Poetry (PDF — 170 KB)

Then, check out and enjoy a few awesome poetry collections and anthologies from the library. 

Finally, chose a few poems that you particularly like, and identify the reasons you have for liking them (the rhythm? the rhyme? the words? the message?).

This month you'll study poetry. Next month you'll write it. Fun times!

Write Cook

Conceptual Nouns and Precise Nouns

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello, writers and teachers,

The first lesson of the school year will be on identifying and using nouns. We will focus on conceptual (abstract) nouns and on precise (specific) nouns. 

Nouns are the names we give to persons, places, things, and ideas. Review nouns by studying the following document:

NOUNS (PDF — 235 KB)

Conceptual (abstract) nouns are the names of ideas:   

Things we can think about: thoughts   

Believe in: democracy, religion   

Feel (emotionally): anger, love, pride   

Imagine, but can’t touch: math, time 

Your first assignment for this week (due next Wednesday), is to compose an acrostic poem about yourself. Each line should start with a letter of your name (first name or first and last names) so that the letters spell your name if you read them from top to bottom. Your poem must contain (in each line) conceptual (abstract) nouns that represent some of your ideals. For example: curiosity, courage, intelligence, strength, etc.

Here's mine:


Your second assignment is on precise nouns. Study the following document:

Wonderful Colorful Words (PDF — 428 KB)

Precise nouns are the specific names of persons, places, things, and ideas. For example: I am a teacher. Teacher is one of my generic names. I am Ms. Pla. Ms. Pla is my specific name (it's also a proper noun). Precise nouns are often proper nouns as well.

Your assignment is to write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) about what you hope to do next summer. Use at least five precise nouns.

For example: Next summer I hope to visit the Denver Zoo. (Instead of writing the common noun "zoo," I wrote the more specific (precise) noun "Denver Zoo.") 

Work on these two assignments this week, and also play the game "Abstract or Concrete" found in (go to Grade Level Help, then 6th Grade Language Arts).

Talk to you next Wednesday,

Write Cook

P.S. School makes me hungry for pizza. My favorite? Pineapple and black olives. Yours?