We had another successful book club this month! Our book selection was the delightful tale, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. This book is unique in that the entire story is written through free verse poetry journal entries. It was a quick and enjoyable read for all of our attendees.
In order to create a party school book club atmosphere, the planners focused on a dog theme!
First up, a table cloth decorated to imitate the cover of the book. It didn’t take a whole lot of fancy planning to grab a cheap table cloth and give my daughter a black sharpie marker, yet it did wonders for our decor.
As the girls arrived, they began work on their dog collar bookmarks using a variety of colorful ribbons, one included dog paws.
Our dog themed snacks included puppy chow, puppy pretzels, cheese cut into bone shaped slices using a bone shaped cookie cutter (which could also be used for bone shaped sugar cookies), carrots, and Poetry Pop.
Poetry Pop was created by re-labelling a soda bottle with a printed poem about dogs. The girls enjoyed sharing the poems found on their bottles.
While snacking we discussed how to ask good questions about poems, using the literary element plans found in the back of our current Arrow edition of Love That Dog from Brave Writer. The Brave Writer guide also included the titles of various poems for discussion and I distributed copies to the girls. After reading and discussing several, I explained that their next activity was to create their own poem and “publish” it on card stock.
Before sending them off, I shared a poem I wrote when I was twelve years old. It was one of the precious gems my mother saved from my middle school years. When I teach a poetry class, I always share this poem. It’s a simple one for kids to imitate and they enjoy knowing how much I still relate to the statements conveyed when I was twelve years old.
Feeling inspired, everyone set off to work on their poems.
Plain paper. Lined paper. Ultra fine-tip sharpie packs.
Their final products were ready for display. I was really proud of what these girls created in a short time. One of the girls was very resistant to trying her hand at writing a poem, yet wrote something she was really proud of.
In the end, we had a great time celebrating this creative piece of literature. Our monthly book club has become one of my favorite events of our school year and this month was no exception!
View this book club set up on periscope if you would like to see a tour of the activities!
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