Get writing poetry with fun shapes and themes. You can click on the category you are most interested in (nature, school, sports, celebrations, or shapes), and then choose a theme. Then you can then type eight words or phrases to describe the theme. These words become prewriting to help you create and type a poem on the theme you have chosen. Once the title has been added, you can finish your work. The completed picture poem is displayed in black and white for you to print, save, or share.
Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. -tech and learning
It's National Poetry Month! Time to get out a pen or pencil and begin exercising the creative side of your brain with poetry writing. What better place to start than trying out a haiku! This document from the fabulous site, Writing Fix, gives just a brief explanation of the basic rules for writing Haikus. With a few examples of the three line 5-7-5 philosophy, you'll be writing like a pro in minutes. You can also find examples from the internet as well as some student samples. Elsewhere on the Writing Fix site are additional lessons for writing and using Haikus to make riddles, comparing and contrasting, and for summarizing content material.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.