The Poetry of Science: a Poetry Unit for Young Students - The Commonplace Book, Where It All Begins
Making a Delicious Mess with Our Commonplace Books - The First of the Poetry of Science Elementary School Poetry Lessons
I start of the poetry unit by handing out blank notebooks to all the students. I tell them that these are their "Commonplace Books" and it's important that they put anything and everything in their notebooks: have cross-outs, take risks, fail, retry, re-write, go in one directins, stop, go in another, explore, in short, "make a delicious mess."
I also start addressing them as "poets" from the get-go. "Okay, poets, we're going to start the lesson." Calling them poets from the very beginning helps get them confident in their ability to be a poet -- which involves one, and only one, key ingredient: creating poems. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I say as much to the students, too.
Some are excited for the freedom. Other's are paralyzed by it. They're so used to making sure they do the right thing, they don't know what it's like when "the right thing" is to make mistakes.
I had been working on mine before I handed ones out to them. I have decorated it with stickers and drawings. I have written a poem and made a drawing. I wrote down notes for the lessons of the unit. I wrote down other poems I liked. I made doodles and lists and cross outs and sketches.
I show them this, and more and more, they get the idea that their Commonplace Book is a real place to be free.
What Is A Commonplace Book?Essentially they are scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: quotes, letters, poems, photographs, drawings, excerpts of other books...for modern day usage they can include blogs, photos, talks and readings, social media notes, and relevant articles. Additionally, you write in you own thoughts, commentary, lists, diary entries, and creative writing.
Wikipedia's entry on the commonplace book explains it well:
This post from the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts library at Yale gives a good description og commonplace book and discusses the library's exhibition of their collection of commonplace books:
This article from the Toronto Star covers an early commonplace book from the 15th century, though they characterize it as a precursor to Cosmo (???): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/641640
Frrreeeeeedommmmmm! The Students Fall in Love with Keeping a Commonplace Book
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More Ideas for Commonplace Books
|commonplace book - to do list|
|commonplace book - notes on a lesson|
|draft checklist for finishing touches on the published poem |
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|poetry of science poetry lesson for elementary school students notes|
followed by my own drafts of haiku
|notes on organizing my materials for the |
elementary school poetry lessons and overall unit
|sketching out the table of contents for the final published book|
in my commonplace book
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