Inanimate Objects: Students #writeout

Some days in the classroom are just right.  Students are productive, interesting learning is visible, and it seems that we all grow closer as a result.  Today was one of those days.

As promised in a previous post, my students used the poem Pencils by Barbara Esbensen to inspire their writing about an inanimate object.  They picked topics as varied as ropes/knots, french toast and pancakes.  (There are also poems about gravestones, oil pastels, basketballs, and erasers…they are just not quite all the way finished yet!)  And then, to take the writing just another step further, we explored the Adobe Spark Video app to make a video to amplify their voices and extend their ideas.  Spark video is friendly for my students, offering a number of high quality photos for them to use in their videos.

So…here’s a few of the videos.  (I’ve included a screen shot of the video with a link to view/listen to the poem.)

Khloe’s pancake poem

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Shea’s french toast poem

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and Bodhi’s rope/knots poem

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As always, my students would love comments.  And I’d love to know what you are doing to celebrate writing this month with your students!  #writeout


6 thoughts on “Inanimate Objects: Students #writeout

  1. Charlene Doland

    Kim, you are doing such lovely work with your students! I tried to listen to/view the AMPLIFIED poems. It seems you are using Google Drive? In any event, it said I needed to ask for permission to access them. Was this what you intended, or can you make them publicly viewable? Thanks!

  2. dogtrax

    They worked …

    Love the voices and the meshing of imagery and object and writing … who knew knots and rope could be such inspiration? And who DOES make all those knots?

    Some knots
    are bound
    to hold;
    some, not



    1. kd0602 Post author

      Thanks Kevin. My students loved creating movies for their poems! Now to figure out how to get them to listen to each others’ and get them out in the world… (Time is my biggest enemy!)

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