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Is it a Poem? Is It a Book? No, It’s Poetryaction, a Poem in Reaction to a Book, created by Laura Purdie Salas

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 29, 2014

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“Is it a Poem?  Is It a Book?  No, It’s Poetryaction, a Poem in Reaction to a Book, created by Laura Purdie Salas” and posted by Linda Martin Andersen.

Teachers are always looking for something new for their classroom such as…

  •  Books to recommend to their students or books to read to their class.
  • Prompts or a jumping off point for creative writing.
  • Another type of book report.

Laura Purdie Salas is helping pave the way for teachers and students in recent blog posts called Poetryaction, a poem in reaction to a book. 

Follow these steps and create your own Poetryaction:

1.  Read a book, perhaps a picture book.  In this sample, Laura Purdie Salas chose The Promise by Niko A. Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin.

2.  Write a poem about the book, the book’s setting, a book character, or an idea that comes to mind while  reading the book.

3.  Share your Poetryaction with someone else.  Laura Purdie Salas shared her poem here:



Here are two more Poetryaction samples:



These poems demonstrate that Poetryaction can take you and your imagination beyond the story line.  Which is your favorite?  I loved the one about the dog.  It made me laugh.

Poetryaction is a great exercise for writers, students, or anyone wanting to have some fun.  Laura Purdie Salas, thank you so much for sharing Poetryaction with us.

Here’s another treat:  A scary Jack-o-lantern poem video for K-4 at Laura’s site today.  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/scary-poem-vid/

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Come again and bring a friend. 

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8 Responses to “Is it a Poem? Is It a Book? No, It’s Poetryaction, a Poem in Reaction to a Book, created by Laura Purdie Salas”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda, How cool is that! To write a poem in response to a book. I had heard about this a few weeks ago, but had not seen it in action. Thank you for sharing Laura Purdie Salas’s poetry in response to books she read.

    Celebrate you right now.
    Never Give Up

  2. Joan,
    I decided to spotlight poetryaction after recommending Laura’s site in an earlier October post. I hope poets, teachers, parents, children, writers, book reviewers, etc. give it a try too. I’m glad you found it a cool experience. Thanks for commenting and for being a faithful follower. Most appreciated!

  3. Linda, Thank you so much for helping to spread the word! And for all your kind words:>) I am really enjoying poetryactions and have 20-25 ready to go–and I hope to do many, many more. Thanks for suggesting to teachers that they might use the idea with their own students:>)

    • Laura,
      I love your poetryaction idea and I was happy to spread the word about your poems. You are very welcome for the post featuring your poetry. Thanks for taking time to write a comment here. I’m honored.

  4. Kathleen said

    Linda,thank you for introducing us to Laura. I have never heard of poetryactions. How neat! I agree I really like the beagle mailman one 🙂

    • Kathy,
      I’m glad you enjoyed reading Laura Purdie Salas’ poetry, like I did. I expect her poetryaction pieces will become a book one day. Thanks for sharing about the one you liked and for being a faithful visitor here. It’s always good to see you on the playground.

  5. Those poems are a delight! I’m always amazed by people who write poetry. Thanks for sharing Laura Purdie Salas’ poetry. Good post, Linda.

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