An inky smear with slits of green
Is all that really can be seen.
Gently brushing against the wall
As the waif glides up the hall.
A silent tapping at the door,
A whisper along the wooden floor.
The fleeting shadow on the window seat,
A smudge, a nudge close by my feet.
A warm caress on my neck, my ear
Alerts me to her presence near.
A drumming heartbeat on my hand,
Slips through fingers like drops of sand.
She weaves her web around my heart,
She hums and sighs, then succinctly departs.
Teaching descriptive writing and visualization to 21st century tech-savy, image saturated children can be a little challenging. Now, try teaching those skills to students whose vocabularies are limited for a variety of reasons. So, what's a teacher to do? What we've always done, create, model, connect.
I wrote this little ditty for my 3rd graders. Just to cover as many bases as possible, we enjoyed it together while learning about descriptive writing, visualization, making inferences, anywhere we could. Sometimes, creating and modeling aren't enough; sometimes the connections just need to be fun.
How do you express yourself? Are you a writing nut, like me? How about music, painting, building? Whatever it is, I hope you make it fun.