Happy Poetry Friday y'all! Penny is hosting the round-up this week, so mozy on over to her site A Penny and her Jots to join in the fun!
I have been wanting to write an invitation poem, like the one I am sharing today for a very long time. I have collected many entries and lists in my notebook of the things I would want to invite others to experience if they were walking here on the ridge with me. There are so many things I want to share with all of you! I never thought that when I took my pen in hand, that I would struggle as much as I did. With the flood of ideas rushing through my brain, I started feeling stuck. How could I get all my thoughts down on paper when there was so much I wanted to say? Then, I remembered that all writers face this situation at times. That's when I realized it was time for me to take a step back and return to the notebook. My son, who is in fourth grade, calls it "brain dumping." So whenever you're stuck, you just take your thinking and "dump it" onto the page. I gave it a try and my "dump" became a very specific list. I used this list to help me stay focused on what I really wanted to say in my poem. I am so grateful to him for sharing such a wonderful strategy. Today, I invite you to join me on the ridge where there are signs everywhere!
Here are a few pictures of the things I listed in my poem.
Invitation to Write:
Sometimes when I am writing a poem, I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head that it's hard for me to stay focused on what I really want to say. Having a list or two in my notebook about my topic really helps me. I don't feel so overwhelmed when I have a list to keep me on track with my thoughts. I have lists for all kind of things in my notebook. You can try making lists in your notebook, too! Lists can be wide and contain many ideas around a topic or they might be really specific. So whether you are generating ideas or circling around a topic, lists are a great tool to help you find your way.
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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4 Sylvia at Poetry for Children
11 Kat at Kathryn Apel
18 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
25 Tara at Going to Walden
1 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
8 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
15 Jone at Check it Out
22 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
1 Linda at TeacherDance
8 Catherine at Reading to the Core
15 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
22 Rebecca at Sloth Reads
29 Carol at Carol's Corner
5 Karen at Karen Edmisten*
12 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
3 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
10 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
17 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
24 Dani at Doing the Work That Matters
31 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
7 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Laura at Laura Shovan
21 Linda at A Word Edgewise
28 Buffy at Buffy's Blog