Punctuation pops in Punctuation Mark; why I love punctuation; punctuation in poems; and a wee challenge

When I was a little girl I used to read the dictionary in bed with a torch because words were magical. Powerful. Slippery. Fun to say and even more fun to use.

I also loved punctuation. I guess I was a word geek. A punctuation geek. I used to like doing punctuation exercises at home. I had lots of grammar exercise books.

The thing about poems though is you need WORDS but you don’t need PUNCTUATION. You can write a poem with zero punctuation. Or you can use heaps. You can punctuate a poem like a story. You just need to stick to a punctuation pattern and keep it the same or the READER’S head will spin until he or she faints. Readers will be so confused.

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Scholastic have published a new book by Belinda Ellis called Punctuation Mark. Mark is just like me. He loved punctuation. He thinks punctuation is like traffic lights which is a bit like how I see it. He dreams it. He leaps it. He star jumps it.

I really like Punctuation Mark. It is a zippy zesty story, and it teaches you about punctuation in a fun way. Every class should have this book! It is glorious.

When I get you to read your poem to me and you stumble it is like a sound check. Sometimes it is because you need to use a punctuation mark to tell the reader what to do. Stop and have a big rest (full stop). Pause and have a little rest (comma). Read your poems out loud and see if you can tell if a line needs a punctuation mark. Some poets like to leave it up to the reader.

 

To celebrate this book I have a challenge or two for you:

1. Write about a poem your own punctuation character.

2. Write a poem about a punctuation mark.

2. Write a poem using different sorts of punctuation.

 

DEADLINE for your Punctuation Poem Challenge: Wednesday August 20th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Punctuation-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites from all the challenges and have a book prize for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).

I still have a few authors left to be interviewed! Get in touch if you want to do it young poets and classes

So many students and classes are writing questions for authors in A Treasury of Poetry for Children. Bravo!

I still have a few authors left so if you want to give it a go get in touch!  That would be just wonderful!

I also want some one to interview Jenny Cooper, the illustrator. Let me know if you want to do that. Maybe the designer will agree to an interview. She is really good. Let me know if you want to do that and I will ask her.

Here are the details again:

I am on the hunt for children and classes to interview an author in the Treasury.

Deadline: Get back to me by July 31st if you want to do it! Get questions and author bio to me by August 15th. Sooner is better as I am away a lot over coming months.

 

1. Let me know you would like to do an interview paulajoygreen@gmail.com

2. Tell me your name, age, year and name of school, or class year and name of teacher.

3. I will send you the name of the author and a few clues about them. It is a lucky dip!

4. Write 5 to 7 questions that I will send the author.

5 Do some research on the author if you can and write a two-sentence bio on them (paragraph tops). This will be easy for some and impossible for some (so I can help).

6. Send me your questions and bio paulajoygreen@gmail.com

6. In October I will post the interviews with a photo of the author.

7. I will have a copy of the Treasury for my favourite interview by a child and my favourite interview by a class.

Look what is in the August Newsletter from Scholastic!

Letterbox Cat
The Letterbox Cat
Paula Green
& Myles Lawford
Well-known poet and author Paula Green combines with the talents of Myles Lawford to create a unique poetry book with over 40 poems for children.
Paula Green runs NZ Poetry Box, a popular children’s poetry blog, which has increasing involvement with the NZ Book Council and schools.
(For ages 7+ years)

I think some of my 5 and 6 year old poetry fans can tuck into this easily too!

Tip for My Place poem #2

What a buzz from all those wanting to write interview questions for an author in A Treasury of NZ Poetry for Children. Bravo!

Meanwhile I am starting to get poems from those of you wanting to read on my Hot Spot Poetry Tour in October.

Here is another tip on writing a poem about ‘My Place.’

What detail can you put your poem to show me why this place is wonderful? What real things make it wonderful? Can you find a fresh simile to add to things you pick?

 

 

Imagine a City is a gorgeous new book so here’s a challenge to go with it

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Imagine a City is a very beautiful picture book by Australian, Elise Hurst (Scholastic). The story is simple but magical as Elise imagines a different world on a trip to town.  Check out her cool blog here.

Elise has done pen and ink drawings which are equally magical. I love them because they look handmade. They are handmade! They look a bit old fashioned and I love that about them too.To celebrate the book I challenge you to write a poem called ‘Imagine a City.’

I have one in The Letterbox Cat and it is called ‘Cloudsville.’

We have had similar challenge before but that’s okay.

 

DEADLINE for your ‘Imagaine a City’-Poem Challenge: Thursday August 7tth

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Mum-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).

 

 

Hot Spot Poetry Tour Tip for your My Place poem #1

Instead of using any of these words

– nice, beautiful, lovely, pretty –

find ways to show me

how your place is nice or beautiful.

Go on the hunt for good detail

and things that stand out for you.

 

For more details on this poem challenge see here. I am on the hunt for young poets to read on my tour.

I’m on the hunt for children and classes to interview authors in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children

I am on the hunt for children and classes to interview an author in the Treasury.

Deadline: Get back to me by July 31st if you want to do it! Get questions and author bio to me by August 15th. Sooner is better as I am away a lot over coming months.

 

1. Let me know you would like to do an interview paulajoygreen@gmail.com

2. Tell me your name, age, year and name of school, or class year and name of teacher.

3. I will send you the name of the author and a few clues about them. It is a lucky dip!

4. Write 5 to 7 questions that I will send the author.

5 Do some research on the author if you can and write a two-sentence bio on them (paragraph tops). This will be easy for some and impossible for some (so I can help).

6. Send me your questions and bio paulajoygreen@gmail.com

6. In October I will post the interviews with a photo of the author.

7. I will have a copy of the Treasury for my favourite interview by a child and my favourite interview by a class.