Just recently, I was showing my students that sometimes one poem can be a whole book. Up until now I had only been sharing anthologies of poetry. We were reading Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater when one student at the end asked me to read the entire poem together when they saw it as one piece near the end of the book. My first reaction was - was just read the poem but okay. I reread the poem and it did sound different. My voice felt different. The mood felt different. My students were raising their hands with excitement to share with these responses.
-it was more catchy
-I noticed there were more rhyming words
-it made more sense
-there wasn't any pausing
Maybe turning the pages does create longer pauses making the flow of the poem a bit fragmented. However, I love being able to focus on one bird at a time and study the illustrations. Either way, this day my students taught me to read the poem across the pages and again as one piece to hear a different voice and notice more of the craft.
Thank you to Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup for hosting Poetry Friday.