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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Finding more memories...

One of my favorite writing lessons is teaching my students how to "find" poems in another piece of writing.  Tonight I have decided to try "finding a poem" in one of the journal entries I have written for my son.

November 4, 2011

Today you built your first snowman of the year.
Today you gave your snowman a baby carrot nose, coffee bean eyes, coffee bean mouth, yellow satin scarf and a Cal Poly ball cap.
Today you surprised me by building a second snowman...and I said it couldn't be done!  Shame on me.
Today you lost a tooth!  A front tooth.
Today you belly laughed when you said, "Eli licks lollipops" because your tongue tickled the spot where your tooth used to be.
Today you shot a balloon down from the ceiling with a sling shot you made with Papa and Uncle Ed.
Today you held baby Estelle.
Today you made snowflakes.
Today you left a light on for the tooth fairy.

My found poem...

November 4, 2011

Your first snowman of the year
surprised me.
A second snowman?
I said it couldn't be done.
You belly laughed
for the tooth fairy.


  1. Neat! I'll have to try that! I love how you have journaled about your son's life and then gleaned a beautiful poem from the journal.

  2. Great writing in both pieces. Now I wonder what poems I can find... Thanks for sharing a good idea.

  3. I have it on my "to do" list to try writing a found poem. I've been hearing a lot about them lately. Yours turned out great!

  4. Beautiful -- thanks for reminding me of a simple way for my students to explore their own words for poetry.

  5. This is the second great poetry idea I've gotten today! Thanks so much!

  6. Perfect example of how to create a found poem. Thanks for giving me something to show teachers. You rock!

  7. I love your found poem. I loved doing this with students. For some, this was their first written poem ever. You never know where a poem will hide either.

  8. Love it, love it. We could even do the highlighting with Diigo and online texts. Thanks for the idea!

  9. I love finding a poem in a story, such a great idea!

  10. This was really cool to see your process and the product.

  11. Your journal to your son is a sweet idea that he'll love when he gets older. Your found poem is wonderful! Students really enjoy writing found poems. I like them too.

  12. What a great idea. I oved the poem