Slice of Life/ SmallPoems Day 5 (classroom voice)

(I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site.  Slice of Life is the idea of noticing the small moments. I have been a participant for many years and each year, I wonder if I will have the energy to write every day. This year, I am going to try to coincide it with my daily poetry writing, and intend to compose small poems on small moments. We’ll see how it goes …)

Day Five

“I thought it’d be boring
but it’s not,” he says,
sounding surprised,
and a bit too loud

But maybe, today,
he speaks
for the crowd

working to invent words
that never existed,
using only some rules,
imagination, choice

his public exclamation,
a song inside the

Peace (in schools),

  1. I love the poem! It makes me want to know so much more about what he was doing! It is so awesome when a student is sparked by a learning activity.

    • We’re in our Origin of Words unit, and they were working with prefix/roots/suffix parts to invent new words and then writing definitions and doodles .. I think he liked the creative element and the sounds of the new words.

  2. his public exclamation,
    a song inside the

    I really liked this ending. It takes a writerly eye (ear) to hear that song, among the noise.

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