Thursday, July 26, 2018

More Morning!

Please indulge me just a bit longer as I share a spontaneous video we made at the recent convention of the International Literacy Association in Austin, TX. Janet and I read aloud one excerpt from GREAT Morning: Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud and it was so fun! Here, I am reading the scripted intro and follow up for the poem and Janet reads the featured poem, "What Does a Reading Specialist Do?" by Linda Kulp Trout--perfect for our audience of reading teachers! In just one minute, the principal (or anyone) can start the day with an uplifting poem for the whole school community!

Here is the complete text for this excerpt to show you how simple (yet powerful) it can be to start the school day with a poem.

What is the most frequently used letter in the English language? E. What is the most frequently used word? If you guessed “the,” you’re right! We learn to read, spell, and decode about 40,000 words as we grow up. And who can help us build vocabulary and fine-tune our reading skills at school? The reading specialist—the focus of our next poem. 

As you read in class today, think about how you are also learning to “untangle new words, discover connections, and make meaning, too.” Keep reading in school and after school every day! 

CONNECT (Teachers/librarians can extend the featured poem with this linked poem)
For a poem about how reading can be a passageway to take us far away, link with “Secret Worlds” by Margarita Engle (page 104).

Also share this poem on Read Across America Day on March 2.

This poem also provides examples of similes.

Now, join Catherine at Reading to the Core for more Poetry Friday fun!


Mary Lee said...

Very fun to hear you and Janet reading one of the poems!

Books4Learning said...

What a wonderful tribute to reading specialists. Thanks for sharing this poem and anthology.

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Catherine Flynn said...

Love hearing you and Janet read Linda's wonderful poem!

Linda B said...

I hope many take this book and use it. It's a poetic celebration for many who are there in the school, waiting to begin the day. Wonderful idea!

Sally Murphy said...

How wonderful to hear and see you both reading from this excellent anthology. Thanks for all you do to spread poetry.

Michelle Kogan said...

Fun to hear you both reading from your new book-promoting reading poems and books!

Linda said...

I'm so thrilled to hear Janet read my poem. I'm honored to have a poem in this fabulous anthology, and I can't wait to share the video with my sons. Thank you, Sylvia and Janet!

Carol Varsalona said...

Sylvia, I loved hearing you and Janet read from the Great Morning! Collection. Congratulations on a book well done. You chose the right poem for the venue.

Maggie Bokelman said...

Awesome poem by an awesome poet! Can't wait to share this with the wonderful school reading specialists I work with!

Jane Heitman Healy said...

Yay!!!! Great demo for a great book to ensure many a Great Mornings!

Linda said...

Thank you for this wonderful reading and video! I love it!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

So well done! Brava!