|Naomi Shihab Nye|
Each week this month, I will be sharing one of her poems with our 4th & 5th graders as we celebrate Arab American Heritage Month. We are starting by watching this video, with Naomi Shihab Nye reading aloud her poem "One Boy Told Me" from the PBS series Poetry Everywhere.
This was a perfect introduction for my students, because it combined humor, poetic language and relatable experiences. I love the way they connect to a little kid's perspective. Here are just a few of their favorite lines:
"Oatmeal cookies make my throat gallop."In her writing, Naomi Shihab Nye has been inspired by her experiences as an Arab-American, as well as by life's little details. This is part of what I want to impart to students -- that poetry combines memories, small details and bigger ideas.
"Grown-ups keep their feet on the ground
when they swing. I hate that."
"My tongue is the car wash
for the spoon."
"My toes are dictionaries.
Do you need any words?"
see the full text of "One Boy Told Me" at the Poetry Foundation
I will be sharing three poetry books and one picture book by Naomi Shihab Nye this month with my 4th & 5th graders:
- Come With Me: Poems for a Journey
- Honeybee: Poems and Short Prose
- A Maze Me: Poems for Girls
- Sitti's Secrets
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