I have started every year off with concrete poetry for several years now. It’s only loosely English related, but it’s a fun and easy activity for the first week or two of school and a great way to decorate the room with words. I wrote about my 7th and 8th graders’ poems in 2012 and my 6th and 7th graders’ poems in 2013.
This year, I only had my sixth graders write them. I’ve always had a voting contest at open house for the top poem, but this year, I decided to add in a Facebook contest. Sometime in the middle of last year, I made a class Facebook page. I created an album of the teacher-selected top-ten poems there. I will add the “likes” from each photo to the votes they receive at open house to select the winner. The winner receives a gift certificate to our school book fair. Pretty high stakes, you know? Here are the top 10:
Do you have a favorite? Go to my Facebook contest and “like” the poem(s) that you think are best!
Meanwhile, I had my 7th graders do Tagxedos instead of concrete poems this year. I had every one of them last year in 6th grade (usually I have about half of the same students the second year), so I decided to do something different. Tagxedos are similar to concrete poems in that words are used to create a shape, but they are automatically computer generated. I feel like Tagxedos are cool enough to need a post of their own, so I’ll write about those later this week! 🙂