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Poetry Friday: Where Do Second Graders Find Poetry?

October 11, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, students

I'll be busy at a booth all weekend at our town's Mule Camp Festival (really - back in the day, people used to come to "Mule Camp Springs" with their wagons and mules and exchange goods!). But I had to share a couple of goodies.

First, my youngest, Seth, is at this moment at the Dodge Poetry Festival! I can't wait to hear all about it. He and five other high school seniors got there Thursday morning, after about a 15-hour ride straight through. Their fearless driver/leader is our inspired and intrepid history teacher, Michael McCann. He and his wife make this journey for each festival. Isn't that grand?

Second, my oldest, Morgan (the one who used the new Poetry Friday Anthology in her Literacy Education class at college!) is spending quality time with a second grade class near Furman as part of her junior year studies. The teacher in this class recently asked the students where poems come from. Then that wonderful woman wrote their answers on Post-it Notes and displayed them. Morgan asked if I could share them with you, and she kindly obliged.

Here is the list typed out:

Where do We find Poetry?

snow, happy, babies
school, sun, reptiles,
spring, sad, anger
treasure, race cars, hearts,
cheetahs, dinosaurs, tree-tops,
teacher, friends, lonely,
joy, games, secrets,
dreams, bugs, rain,
ants, spring, funny, nightmares

A few of my favorites are: hearts, tree-tops, cheetahs, race cars, rain, and dreams!

What are yours, or where do you find poetry?

Well, off to Mule Camp. Please forgive me if I'm an inattentive blog host (and follower) this weekend, but wish me and artsyletters luck! (Oh - I have a new relief print celebrating teachers which I've just also had printed on note cards. If you leave a comment on my art blog by Monday, you'll be entered to win a pack.)

To see where more poems come from this Poetry Friday, please visit Betsy at Teaching Young Writers.


  1. October 12, 2012 7:19 AM EDT
    Great photo and poem! I'm glad you could share that with us. I like how big ideas and specific details all mix together. Good luck with Mule Camp.
    - Tabatha
  2. October 12, 2012 7:20 AM EDT
    How wonderful that Seth is going to the DPF! And I love the second graders' poetry notes. I like joy, hearts, and funny!

    Some of my own? bread, pie, donut holes.

    Have fun at Mule Camp!
    - jama
  3. October 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT
    Ha, I love how the snooty window sign that uses the more elevated "egress" instead of "exit"!

    And the poem ideas are good too. I like reptiles, treasure, and secrets, and for my own I like castles, sea, animals.

    Have a wonderful and productive and successful time at Mule Camp. (P.S. How great is it that your son willingly goes to a poetry festival? You raised them well, my friend!) :)
    - Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)
  4. October 12, 2012 8:57 AM EDT
    I love the stickies! Have a great time at Mule Camp.
    - Liz
  5. October 12, 2012 9:38 AM EDT
    This post might be the most inspiring, with all the possibilities a question like that presents...thanks for sharing!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  6. October 12, 2012 11:50 AM EDT
    You must be proud of your son for being involved with poetry. Have an enjoyable day at Mule Camp.
    The second grade post-it notes help the children visualize the concrete and abstract possibilities around them. This helps when they are working on poems.
    - Patricia Cruzan
  7. October 12, 2012 7:23 PM EDT
    Hi, Robyn. I think there must be a found poem in this list. Oh, your son is so lucky to be at the Dodge Festival. Student Day is always my favorite -- so much great energy from the high school students.
    - Laura Shovan
  8. October 12, 2012 9:18 PM EDT
    What a pretty picture, looks like a mosaic of a poem. Love it!
    - Betsy
  9. October 12, 2012 9:28 PM EDT
    What a lovely question that inspired so many insightful responses. It's always refreshing to see the world through a child's eyes. Where does my poetry come from? Right now, it's from the desert, fairy tales, foolish smiles and parallel universes. :) *hugs*
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  10. October 12, 2012 10:31 PM EDT
    All these comments are like stumbling onto hidden treasure! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and for the good wishes.
    - Robyn Black
  11. October 14, 2012 7:54 AM EDT
    Nancie Atwell has a great lesson in one of her books about where poems hide. I made a great list of my own, and often go back to it when I'm looking for ideas. This is wonderful! I liked the word "egress" too.
    - Ruth (
  12. October 17, 2012 3:09 PM EDT
    Thanks for dropping in, Ruth - and for the tip about the Nancie Atwell book. I think at school visits, I'll start asking students of any age where they find poems - :0)
    - Robyn Black

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