My Kind of Town
Filled with things to do,
An exciting, busy place.
Coming to Chicago?
You’ve made a great choice!
You could stay forever,
Or just for a weekend.
But you’ll want to start with
Because if you’ve never been to Chicago,
Or if you’ve been here before,
You’ll visit “The Bean.”
What else can you see?
The Navy Pier,
Art Institute of Chicago,
The Field Museum,
Lincoln Park Zoo,
Second City Comedy Club,
Museum of Science and Industry,
Palmer House Hilton lobby.
My kind of town….
Poetry Month is Coming in April! Are you ready for it? Here is a rationale for using poetry in your classroom all year long!
- Children love the sound of language.
- Poetry is a genre that has been a part of children’s lives since birth.
- It can help us see differently, understand ourselves and others, and validate our human experience.
- Poetry easily finds a home in all areas of the curriculum.
- It is the great equalizer – a genre especially suited to the struggling or unmotivated reader/writer.
- Poetry enhances thinking skills and promotes personal connections.
- Reading poems aloud captures the ear, imagination, and souls of the listeners.
- The playfulness of language and the ability of words to hold us captive with their intensity, beauty, and genius are particularly apparent in poetry.
- A poet helps us see things in new ways.
- Poetry helps to broaden children’s experiences.
- Poetry can be the voice to claim and name the events we live through.
- Poetry turns the ordinary into extraordinary.
- Poetry validates our feelings and helps us make sense of the events of our lives.
- It gives us ways to gain new insights on old problems.
- Poetry grants us a place of beauty.
- Carefully selected poetry has the power to engage readers’ minds, and to elicit sensory reactions, passions, and intense emotions.
I am participating in #SOL17. Thanks to the twowritingteachers
blog team for creating this wonderful writing community.