The Children's Book Compass

A Poetry Blog

Posted on: February 1, 2010

Visit my other blog, mcarpenter.edublogs.org.  It features poems by Janet Wong.  Each poem is accompanied by an invitation to comment.  Students from kindergarten through 8th grade have enjoyed reading Janet’s poems on the blog and many have posted their own comments and poems.  Janet Wong often writes back to the students on the blog.   The poems of author and poet, Janet Wong, served as mentor texts on the blog to inspire the writing process on the part of the students.    Teachers whose students participate in the blog report that their students:

  • discovered a purpose for their writing through their interactions with the poet who responded to their comments;
  • became engaged in the revising and editing process through sharing their poetry and comments;
  • increased their enthusiasm for writing;
  • engaged in dialogs with students in other schools by posting their writing and discussing each others’ work.

Invite your students to participate in the blog.  Show them how to access the blog, mcarpenter.edublogs.org.  Model how to select a poem to read and then how to post a comment or post a poem.  If your students are attending Janet Wong’s presentation in Spokane for Get Lit!  on Saturday, April 17, participating in the blog will support them in preparing for that experience.

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