Written by Jack Prelutsky Illustrations by Doug Cushman
I have always enjoyed playing with words, but I had no idea that I would be a writer. There was a time when I couldn’t stand poetry!... When I was a young man, I discovered poetry again and it changed my life. —Jack Prelutsky
Mr. Jack Prelutsky BIOGRAPHY Jack Prelutsky, named the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, is the author of more than 40 books of verse and editor of several poetry anthologies. He has charmed children and adults with his witty, musical poems for nearly four decades. His poetry is memorized and recited by children across the country who love his inventive wordplay and unpredictable rhymes. His best-selling classics include "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" (1996 ) and "The New Kid on the Block" (1984). His latest books are "In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden" and "The Wizard", both published in 2007 by Greenwillow/HarperCollins. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL By Jack Prelutsky Jack Prelutsky provides 17 poems as a kitten reports back to mom about a typical school day at school. Typical? Not at Roanoke Elementary, but definitely fun and full of giggle opportunities. TEACHER FAVORITES Mrs. PickettTeacher’s PetPage 37 Mrs. PittsWe’re Shaking MaracasPage 10 Mrs. HaynesI Wish I’d Studied HarrderPage 14 Mr. GuerinMy Backpack Weighs 1000 PoundsPage 7 Mrs. McKeeA Classmate Named Tim Page 16 Mrs. LardIn the CafeteriaPage 22 Mrs. Merki I Tried to Do my HomeworkPage 8 Poetry Readings Next Week by Teachers
Kinder 7Respond to rhythm and rhyme in poetry through identifying a regular beat and similarities and word sounds. Guiding QuestionsF - How can you move to demonstrate the beat? C - What words sounded the same and how? P - If we took the rhyming words out of a poem, would you still like the poem? 1.8 Respond to and use rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry. Guiding QuestionsF - Can you find an example of alliteration? C - How could you add alliteration to a poem and make it more appealing? P - If humorous poetry was outlawed, what effect would this have on Mr. Prelustky? 2.7 Describe how rhythm, rhyme, and repetition interact to create images in poetry. Guiding QuestionsF - What is your favorite image in this book and which words describe the image? C - Can you illustrate a poem without looking at the pictures? P - Remove the adjectives from a poem, how does the image change for you. TEKS & GUIDING QUESTIONS – K, 1 st, 2 nd
3.6 Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery. Guiding Questions F - What are the characteristics of different types of poetry? C - When are different types of poetry used? P - Can you think of a time that a certain type of poem would not be appropriate? 4.4 Explain how the structural elements of poetry relate to form. Guiding Questions F - Can you identify the different forms of poetry? C - Can you alter the structure of a poem into another form? P - How does changing your favorite song into a story, affect your enjoyment? 5.4 Analyze how poets use sound effects to reinforce meaning in poems. Guiding Questions F – How do sound affects affect the meaning of a poem? C - How would the sound change the meaning of the poem? P - How would removing sound affects change the meaning of the poem? TEKS & GUIDING QUESTIONS – 3 rd, 4 th, 5 th
Integrating Technology Kelly Valdez Use Flip Cameras – Students work to create a dramatic interpretation of one of the poems in the book (Speaking TEKS). Audacity – Use Audacity (located on the NAL – Staff Applications) to create a Poetry Podcast. Students can share their original poetry with the world. Kidspiration – Use the ready made activities to create your own poems – Content Vocabulary Poem, Poem Frame, and Thinking About Poetry. Interactive Poetry Websites – http://www.squidoo.com/k12interactivepoetry http://www.vpsb.net/cc/poetry/poetrykids.htm http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm http://www.literactive.com/Download/stories.asp?cat=40
WEB RESOURCES Interview with Jack Prelutsky http://media.barnesandnoble.com/?fr_story=0f633e404f4faf84a67b7347fe19ddf37f20 262c&rf=sitemap Another Interview http://www.indiebound.org/author-interviews/prelutskyjack One More http://www.harpercollins.com/author/authorExtra.aspx?authorID=13328&isbn13=97800 60291945&displayType=bookinterview Prelutsky Web Site http://www.jackprelutsky.com/flash/index.html About Jack http://jackprelutsky.com/flash/index.html Information on Doug Cushman http://authorfest.org/authors/cushman/ http://biography.jrank.org/pages/1150/Cushman-Doug-1953-Sidelights.html Children’s Poetry by Other Authors http://poetry4kids.com/
Interview with Jack Prelutsky on It's Raining Pigs & Noodles Q. How did you start writing poetry? A. It was an accident. When I was in my early twenties, I had visions of being an artist. I spent about six months inventing and drawing imaginary animals that simply popped into my head...creatures with eleven heads, with elastic bodies, or with hundred-foot-long tongues. After I'd produced about two dozen pen and ink drawings, one evening I decided that they needed poems to accompany them. I still have no idea where that notion came from, but it took me about two hours to produce verses for these creatures. A friend suggested that I show these poems and drawings to an editor, and with some apprehension I did. The editor, Susan Hirschman, did not think much of my illustrations, but she told me that I was a natural poet and encouraged me to keep writing. She published my first book, and now, more than thirty-five years later, she's still my editor. Q. Your most recent book, It's Raining Pigs & Noodles, is your fourth collaboration with illustrator James Stevenson. Is writing these collections different from writing for a poetry picture book? A. Actually, it's our fifth collaboration. Before The New Kid on the Block, we came out with The Baby Uggs Are Hatching, a collection of imaginary animal poems, some of which were based on those incipient verses I'd concocted years earlier. There's not too much difference between writing a picture book and writing a collection of a hundred poems or so, except that the bigger books take a lot longer to do. Q. Which poets and/or authors do you admire? A. When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice. Now I read them all. I hesitate to name any poets in particular, as "favorite" questions have always been difficult for me and make me a bit uncomfortable. I'm always afraid that I'll leave someone out. I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe. Interestingly enough, many of the people who have influenced me the most have not been poets. I love creating surprise endings, as O. Henry did in his short stories, and you are apt to find the sort of antic humor exhibited by comedians such as Sid Caesar and the Marx Brothers manifested in my poems. Q. Many of your poems are about strange creatures-snutterwudds, doddies, wibbles, yubbazubbies, to name a few-how do you invent such zany characters? A. Frequently I have no idea. However, some of them are ways of expressing my feelings, moods, or sentiments, while others grow out of fragments of language. For example, a friend had a license plate which had the letters UGG followed by three numbers. I found the word "ugg" to be very appealing...it sounded to me like a combination of the words "ugly" and "egg"...soon there was a poem. On another occasion, I was gluing up some bookshelves I'd just built, when the phone rang, and I rushed to answer it. Later, I realized that I'd accidentally kicked over the glue bottle, and a sizable amount had found its way through the newspapers I'd used to cover the carpet — it was a gloppy mess. The carpet was a total loss, but the situation wasn't. Some of the glue looked to me like strange creatures oozing through my living room, and I was inspired to write "Song of the Gloopy Gloppers"...it's in The New Kid on the Block. Q. What makes writing for children fun, and why do you think kids respond so well to poetry? A. We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine. Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood. Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career. Children seem naturally drawn to poetry — it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves. Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading. Q. What can we look forward to next? A. Lots! There's going to be a book of poems about a simply awful ogre, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, and a book of very peculiar poems about very peculiar creatures that Peter S’s is illustrating. I've also written a third book of nursery rhymes, in the style of Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. It's called The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders, and it will be illustrated by Petra Mathers. Currently, I'm working on a book of scary poems from outer space, a book of funny poems about school, some lullabies, and a collection of around-the-year holiday poems. Q. What do you like to do when you are not writing about bridges made of bananas, gargoyles, or preposterpusses? A. Plenty! I'm never bored. I'm inventing word games, writing music, playing them, gardening, woodworking, making found-object sculpture, collecting books and frog miniatures, taking photographs and printing them in the darkroom, learning computer graphics, cooking, eating out, going to concerts and the opera, and spending time with friends. I probably left something out.
Mr. Doug Cushman In the many well-received picture books that California-based author Doug Cushman has written and illustrated, his emphasis on character is evident in both text and artwork. As he once commented: "A good character will almost write a book by himself with a little nudge or two from the author."
VOCABULARY chocolate competition explorers imagine impression inspire impression infirmary precisely seven-legged thousand unexpected unfortunate BUILDING VOCABULARY The teacher provides a description, explanation, or example of the new term. The teacher will ask the learner to give a description, explanation, or example of the new term in his/her own words. The teacher will ask the learner to draw a picture, symbol or locate a graphic to represent the new term. The learner will participate in activities that provide more knowledge of the term. The learner will discuss the term with other learners. The learner will participate in games that provide more reinforcement of the new term. Marzano, Robert Building Academic Vocabulary http://www.tec.leon.k12.fl.us/Vocabulary%20Project/The%2 0Systematic%20Vocabulary%20Instruction%20Project.pp t#267,8,Instruction in Content Specific Words