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Welcome Friends! Here is a place for teachers, parents, librarians and writers to learn what's going on in the world of book author Karma Wilson.

Poems for Poetry Month

I’ll be posting some original poetry for National Poetry Month. They will range from somber to silly. Here is a more somber selection.

I have been asked by many children to write poems about dealing with grief after losing a pet. Here is a poem I wrote shortly after our dog Chip (13 yrs old, loyal family dog) died. This is for every child that has lost a pet. As parents we often try to distract kids from their grief by trying to get them to play, promising them pizza or fun things, etc.. Sometimes they just need grieving time.  The loss of a pet leaves a hole.

I Don’t Feel Like….

My dog died yesterday and I don’t really wanna play

I don’t feel like eating pizza when my dog ain’t here to share.

I don’t feel like riding bikes or digging worms or telling jokes.

I don’t feel like much of anything. This world just isn’t fair.

I don’t feel like making friends, and I don’t feel like making forts.

I don’t feel like going searching for a big, ol’, ugly frog.

I don’t feel like watching movies, I don’t feel like eating candy.

I don’t feel like much of anything but playing with my dog.

Hey Baby, it’s an Easter Giveaway!

Easter day is a week away and I’m up for a great, big GIVEAWAY! Two lucky people will win a collection of three of my board books for babies and toddlers signed by me. The selections will be assorted, but all will include one copy of my touch-n-feel board book for babies, Beautiful Babies, illustrated by YOURS TRULY.

How do you enter? Visit my contest page and fill it out and answer the question, “What animal wears loafers in Karma’s crazy world?” The answer is somewhere in my book page about my new poetry book What’s the Weather Inside.

On Easter day I use a random number generator to pick two lucky winners.

Thanks for joining! Be sure to blog or tweet about this contest to spread the word!

Karma

Twittericks!

It’s poetry Friday and for fun I’m going to be posting some “Twittericks” on my Twitter account. What’s a Twitterick, you ask? It’s a word I made up for a cute little poem small and silly enough to qualify for a Twitter entry (140 characters max). Mine will all rhyme and will be about anything I happen to be thinking about.  I’ll do a couple today. After all, it is National Poetry Month! Join me, and be sure to post a comment with your Twitter tag if you participate in Twittericks!

My Twitter Page

For those who have no patience for Twitter (non-twits) here is a list:

#1 If you’d like for me to do a task, don’t beg or plead or rant. Just look me squarly in the eye and tell me once, “You can’t.”

#2 Just when I thought I had no time to fritter, behold I discover TWITTER!

Karma

National Poetry Month, some ideas for teachers

You know, when I teach older primary students (5th, 6th) a poetry seminar, I always start by asking who likes poetry. Many times only four or five students will raise their hands. Then I ask, “How many like music sung by a band or singer?” and most of the kids will raise their hands. I then say, “AH HA! So you DO like poetry?!”  I point out that poetry is EVERYWHERE. It’s in commercials, music, and even video games (Oblivion, a popular video game, is full of cryptic poems).  When kids realize that many of their favorite  songs are nothing more than poetry set to music they open up a little bit. Share with them some truly humorous poems and they open up even more. Lay that foundation, and moving onto more somber or contemplative poetry isn’t nearly as painful.

So whenever you have students compile poetry for poetry notebooks, compilations–allow them a few pages for the lyrics of their favorite songs. This leads you into a great meter lesson by the way. And as something of a meter-cop I always look for good meter lessons!

 Cool Meter Lesson

A lot of great songs don’t scan so well when simply read. Meter is greatly affected by singing–beats can be added to a line simply by singing one word for a longer time or adding “ooooo, ohhhh, ya ya”. A good meter lesson is to have the kids agree on one popular song (of course they must choose only from songs with clean lyrics..ha ha) and see if it scans when read aloud. If not, work with the students on adding words or changing lines just enough to keep true to the original thoughts of the song, while improving meter.  (This lesson requires that the teacher has a basic concept of good meter and poetry rhythm.)

Good Poetry for Kids

Well, I hate to brag…but my new poetry book for kids has quite a mixture of poems, from the contemplative to the outrageously ridiculous, and I try to include a lot of teaching opportunities as well. (Teachers, there’s even a poem in honor of you–since so many humorous children’s poems villanize you–look for my poem called Red Letter Day)

Other great choices are Shel Silverstien, Jack Prelutsky, Doug Florian, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes.  For more classic poems just introduce them to the tried and true–Emily Dickinson, Frost, Lear, Stevenson…and for something entirely different check out Robert Service. His poem “Bessie’s Boil” may be a bit hard for them to understand at first, but if you explain the brogue they will HOWL with laughter. 🙂

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