Monday, April 29, 2013

Colors!

Last Thursday, we celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day in the FSUS Library. Several elementary teachers brought their classes to the Library to read poetry and share our favorite poems. We spent lots of time with our friends Silverstein, Prelutsky, Frost, and Foxworthy.  One 4th grade boy accurately analyzed "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. His teacher and I had to pick our jaws up off of the floor.

My friend and 5th grade teacher Monica Broome brought both of her language arts classes to the Library. They spent time reading poems in their classroom, and each had a poem to share. Mrs. Broome shared "Colors" by Shel Silverstein:

My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkist yellowish white.
My eyes are grayish blueish green,
But I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it's silver when it's wet. 
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.

The students' analysis of the poem was really interesting!  Some students thought the narrator of the poem was a girl, some thought it was a boy, and one student even envisioned a tiger as the narrator!  Mrs. Broome and I thought it would be so interesting to have the students illustrate the narrator of the poem and write a reflection that explains their analysis.  I suggested that we display their work in the Library on the windows.

My awesome volunteer and FSU school media student, Sarah Reeves, did a great job displaying the illustrations so the students can enjoy them.