16 March 2009

Buzzing. Juicing. Pulped.

Our home has been abuzz with school this month. I know the hive has seemed quiet, but let me assure you that all the bees here are hard at work learning latitude and longitude, writing research papers comparing the different breeds of horses, finding lowest common denominators, and determining when to drop the -y and add -ies.

Our weekly jaunt to the library turned up a great little poetry book by Carol Diggory Shields, called, Brain Juice: English, Fresh Squeezed! Here are a few nuggets we've enjoyed.

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Rools
Spelling rools, spelling rools
I think that they were made by fules,
I study them until I druel.
(And drueling is not very kewl.)
I study them at home and skool.
I think these ruels are very crool.


(My mid-kid would SO agree! Oh, the trippy English language.)
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Poetry Assignment #3: Blank Verse
I love blank verse
Because
It does not
Have to
Rhyme.
At long, long last
I can write
A poem
About
An
Orange.


(Blank verse= Declaration of Poetic Independence!)
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This one is for all the writers who meander down pathways that at first seemed so well-lit with logic and clarity, only to find that someone turned out the lights while we stopped to check our map.

The Outline
I. Outlines can really help you out,
A. When your thoughts
1. Are muddled and
2. Scattered about.
B. When it's time to write,
1. But you don't have a clue and,
2. Your research makes no sense to you,

II. Start writing those numerals,
A. Roman- style.
B. You'll discover
1. That in a while,
2. Those mixed-up notes
3. (That you've been dreading)
4. Each will have its own subheading.

III. At the final entry, called conclusion,
A. You will feel much less confusion.
B. And you will find, to your surprise,
C. Your paper just got organized!
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Thank you, Ms. Shields. We've enjoyed the fresh squeezed brain juice (even though some of it is our own poor noggin pulp) and are ready to buzz back to the work table.

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5 Comments:

Blogger nAncY said...

thanks for sharing that poetry. what fun!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Love it!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Schweers' Mom said...

Hey Erin, Thanks for your kind words of understanding on my blog! I am heartsick about the seminary situation (or nonseminary situation). There are some heavy decisions on our family plate right now. Frankly I'm not liking any of the options! It's hard to see where God is going with any of them. It's just nice to have someone understand! Thanks =-)

Lori

5:29 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

I really like the poem about the orange. Or free verse. Or. Well, I like it. :)

11:53 AM  
Blogger greta lynn hernandez said...

Hi Erin!
I'm duing sum ketching up and I reely liked this post!

I'll have to look for that book--an English major's dream! I keep telling my husband I'm glad that I'm not the one learning English!!! Phew!

I know I've been out of touch, but I drop by frequently to see what's going on at the Paper Lantern blog! :)

greta

4:47 PM  

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