I had the pleasure of meeting my future fifth graders, class of 2004/2005. We talked about some of the things we will be doing during the upcoming school year, including exploring many forms of poetry. Mentioning poetry to children ... well, the most positive of reactions is not always what happens!
I asked my incoming children to list all the reasons why they couldn't write a poem, the more ridiculous, the better! At least one line from each of the lists was included in the poem below. I'm confident their opinions will change, but in the meantime...
We CAN'T Write a Poem!
You must be kidding!
I'm allergic to pencil lead.
I wrote my nice ideas on clear wrap and now I can't find it!
I broke my wrist.
I have to go home to try to make pigs fly.
My computer is on safe mode and it will blow up its memory if I don't restart it!