Poetry Friday: Coffee

July 16th, 2010

This week’s poem is an original by Liz Hale, author of Crafting Writers, K-6. In a mini-lesson on writing free verse poems, Liz shares how she demonstrates writing a free verse poem in front of her class. She thinks aloud as she writes: “Hmmmm, okay, I’m thinking of what coffee looks like… hmmm what else, coffee is… I’m thinking about it in my cup….” The think-aloud part in this lesson is very important, says Liz. “Students need to see that thinking and some effort are needed to go against the rules of the standard sentence.

by Liz Hale

Dark brown in
my cup
Every morning
waking me up
From the Earth
right to mugs
Steam rises as I close
my eyes
and smile

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Lee  |  July 16th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Substitute tea
    and this poem
    is perfect
    for me!

  • 2. Laura Shovan  |  July 16th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I like Liz’s last comment very much. Those of us immersed in poetry forget how difficult it is to get kids thinking outside standard sentence structure, or even filling the paper — which they are so ingrained to do.

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