Thursday, November 13, 2014

Max Tell / Ten Minute Object Writing From A Photograph

Spring-boarding from an image is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Ten minutes of object writing per day, no more (5-6 minutes for younger children) will build a strong foundation for later writing whether creative or academic. 

1) Invite each of your students to bring a clipping of a picture to school to write about. Have a few extra clipping available incase some of the children forget.
2) Set an alarm for 10 minute, no longer.
3) Invite your class to write for the entire 10 minutes, focusing their writing on the senses and actions. Pre-work on the senses and actions may be necessary. As mentioned above, for younger children set the timer for 5-6 minutes.
4) Everyone stops writing when the designated time is up.
5) Invite your class to highlight their best writing.
6) Invite them to turn their best writing into a story, song, or poem. Encourage them to reach for the unique, fresh, and new. There is no need for them to stick to their initial notes. They may only find one image that strikes them the right way. If so, invite then follow that one image or idea to create the whole. If they are planning to write a poem or a song, there is no need to write in rhyme unless it comes naturally, even writing in phrases is fine. What ever comes to them. Also, a poem does not have to rhyme.
7) Encourage your students to edit.
8) Share your class's writing on a display board, in a book, or even in class readings.
Below, you will find my 10 minute notes and final draft. The image that inspired my poem is at the top of the page. As you can see, I chose a picture of a toddler and created a short nursery rhyme.
I love my orange hoody with a lovely rim of white. I ware it in the morning and all the way to night. I ware it when I’m crawling, I ware it when I’m balling, best of all I where it when I’m
Look at me, look at me, look into my eyes, overtime you look at me, 
so cute, so cute, my little one, 
Those little lips of yours,
Your cutsy little eyes
Your cutsy little hoody
You fill me with surprise.
You’re the one 
Little one, little one
how can it be?
smell like a flower, taste like watermelon, your voice like a bird’s, so much so much.
What words can say night or day
how I love your little smile?
Playful eyes, such surprise
and smile all the while
stay a child awhile.
What words can say,
my pumpkin child

Little Pumpkin, Little Munchkin
Little Pumpkin, Little Munchkin,
What a cutie, what a beauty.
Little Pumpkin, Little Munchkin,
In your little orange suity. 
© Robert ‘Max Tell’ Stelmach

Inspired by a writing prompt from Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison.

Each week, Max Tell features a few inspirational articles about poetry writing for kids
as well as his own blog posts.

To read a few of Max's poems, check out The Land of Graws.


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What poetry question would you like answered? Point of View? Rhyme? Something of your choice? Student questions are also welcome. Your comments below would be greatly appreciated.

Bye for now and see you soon.

Have a great writing day.

Love writing, but love editing more.

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