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Today, I used Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro, a gift from Rose Cappelli, as my mentor text to write this list poem. Rose and I have often used How to Be by Lisa Brown and the list poems from Falling Down the Page edited by Georgia Heard to create poems of advice. Poems like the one below can be used as part of an informational project and are great to introduce or conclude a more formal report or essay. The list poem format for “Things to Do” and “How to Be” poems will help students write across the curriculum. Try it out to write about world leaders, animals, plants, biomes (such as Mojave Desert or rain forest), weather events (such as a Nor’easter or hurricane), and just about anything you are studying – magnets, windmills, fairytales, political systems, planets, etc..
Things to do if you are a daffodil…
Sleep in a bulb below the earth’s surface.
Be an early bloomer! Love to be first!
Push your tip above the ground in the early days of March.
Grow and grow until you are almost twenty inches high.
Show off a beautiful bloom on your leafless stem.
Smile at the warm, yellow sun.
Greet the garden crocuses – they may be your only company for awhile.
Be resistant of the cold weather of a Pennsylvania spring.
Flower for six weeks or more.
During the fall and winter, rebuild your bulb.
Bloom again and again each new spring.
Show off your trumpet-shaped corona surrounded by six floral leaves.
Symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.
Rejoice! Your beauty is unmatched by any other bloom!
If you are in England, people call daffodils Lent Lilies.
Though their botanical name is narcissus, they are sometimes called jonquils.
The first record of cultivated daffodils goes back to around 200 to 300 B.C.
In Wales, daffodils are the national flower!
A Welsh Legend tells us if you’re the first to spot a daffodil, you will come into wealth the next year.
There are at least 25 different daffodil species.
Daffodils are extremely cold resistant and make a good choice for novice gardeners almost anywhere in the United States.
Other early bloomers…