First, we talked about what makes a good poem -- this is a list we'll be revisiting throughout the year.
Then we read two very short poems and discussed what we noticed about them.
We took a "field trip" to the courtyard outside the classroom to observe the world around us. We limited the scope of our vision by using paper tubes and focused on the details we saw through the tubes. We drew what we observed and then wrote about it briefly.
Next we looked more critically at one of the short poems from earlier in the class. We noticed that one of them, "When It Is Snowing," was really just sentence with line breaks. So then we talked about why poets make line breaks in certain places, usually to emphasize or draw attention to certain words in the poem.
Back to our own notes and observations. We looked at our sentences describing our observations with an eye for line breaks, and turned out notes into short, observational poems.
BOLO -- these will be making public appearances soon!
Update November 4, 2013 -- Paper Tube Poems are posted on their own page now!