Lesson Plan: Book Title Poem Project on Pinterest

Screen Shot 2012-11-30 at 8.14.21 AMFor the Grade Seven poetry unit, we decided to have some fun and use book titles sort of like a magnetic poetry set. I got the idea from Carol-Ann Hoyte, poetry maven and fellow library conspirator.

Here were the guidelines:

1. Each table gets a package of 80+ book titles in an envelope.
2. Each student makes their own poems using the book titles. More than one student can use a title.
Here are some suggested guidelines for the project:
1. They must use at least 5 titles
2. They cannot add extra words or punctuation.
3.Once they have put together their poem, they write it down on a piece of paper or on their iPad and show it to the teacher.
4. Once they are finished they can come down to the library with their iPad to stack their poem with the actual books.
5. They take a picture and email it to the teacher and Ms. G (I want them too!)
6. We make a virtual and/or physical display of the poems.
A Reader’s choice is awarded to the best poem. Winner will get house points and a prize from the fabulous library prize box!
So what did we use the iPad for?
1.Well, I used it to film the students assembling their poems:
2. The students used it to either write down their poems or take a photo of their bits of paper.
3. I used the iPad to take a photo of the stacks of books:
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I couldn’t use the iPad to post it to pinterest as the pin it only allows you to pin things from the web- it does not yet connect to your camera roll (hopefully that is coming?) . Oh- just found a free app that allows you to pin from your camera roll:
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Lesson learned- next time I do this project I will skip the step where I email the photos to mysellf and simply pin them directly from my iPad!
Still you can view the Book Title Poem Project Pinterest Board nicely with the Pinterest app- in fact I like the view better on the iPad than on my desktop- it seems coiner somehow!
What would I do differently?
I would take better pictures. With a nicer background. The photos above leave quite a bit to be desired.
I would also stagger the times the students can come and stack their books- there was a little book stacking chaos going on!

rAPPido review: Poetry on the iPad

A little voice told me that the Grade 7s are starting a poetry unit in English class. Okay a big adult voice who needed books on poetry as well as a tiny voice smitten with the Roald Dahl poem about a man-eating crocodiles told me. Here it is, just to brighten your idea. But don’t get any ideas. I know November is hard, but any crocodile-related action against the students would be viewed quite harshly by the administration.

“No animal is half as vile
As Crocky–Wock, the crocodile.
On Saturdays he likes to crunch
Six juicy children for his lunch
And he especially enjoys
Just three of each, three girls, three boys.
He smears the boys (to make them hot)
With mustard from the mustard pot.
But mustard doesn’t go with girls,
It tastes all wrong with plaits and curls.
With them, what goes extremely well
Is butterscotch and caramel.
It’s such a super marvelous treat
When boys are hot and girls are sweet.
At least that’s Crocky’s point of view
He ought to know. He’s had a few.
That’s all for now. It’s time for bed.
Lie down and rest your sleepy head.
Ssh. Listen. What is that I hear,
Galumphing softly up the stair?

Go lock the door and fetch my gun!
Go on child, hurry! Quickly run!
No stop! Stand back! He’s coming in!
Oh, look, that greasy greenish skin!
The shining teeth, the greedy smile!
It’s Crocky–Wock, the Crocodile!”

But I digress. I thought it would be cool to see what juicy literary morsels the iPad had to offer. Of course, I ignored all paying apps and went only to the FREE Apps. Of which exactly two were relevant.


The first is an excellent collection (given copyright constraints) put together by Poetry magazine.
It’s most original and wonderful feature, especially for students, is their spin function. Just tap the spin button and you can get poems matching random subjects with moods:

But if you are looking for something more specific, you can browse by mood, by subject, by poet or browse their audio collection:

You can also star poems in your favorites as well as email or share it on Facebook or Twitter. A very good introduction to poetry.
This is an online version of the poetry magnetic sets. It took me a while to figure out, but once I did it was as addictive as those fridge sets. 
Here is a screenshot with the default settings.
Although the interface is not the most intuitive, you can decide how many words you want to play with. Just open the mix-tionary and choose how many Thes, Ifs, Ands, Buts, as well as old school and new school words. What is an old and new school word? I don’t know and they don’t elaborate. 
Umm, don’t slide the options to max- you won’t have any place to actually make a poem.

You can also upload it to facebook, save to your photo album or email your poem!

They will also be coming soon to the iPad lab near you! Thanks Beth!