We began our project by learning that
poetry does not follow the same format as expository, narrative
or persuasive writing. The students chose to write an autumn
poem among three formats; acrostic, sense or free verse. We set
the mood by reading Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy
Maestro and Autumn Leaves, by Ken Robbins. We read many
poems from the Internet published by former students of teachers
of this project. We listed dozens of descriptive autumn words to
give us ideas. Halloween and Thanksgiving were popular topics.
The students have been collecting leaves and when they dry, we
will make leaf rubbings. This was the students' first experience
with word processing and inserting clipart into a document.
Kansas State Writing Standards
3.9.1 The student writes for a specific purpose and audience.
3.9.2. The student writes descriptive pieces that may include
poetry, journal entries, and learning logs.
National Education of Technology
Standards for Students, Grades 3-5
1. Students are proficient in the use of technology.
4. Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and
interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
5. Students evaluate and select new information resources and
technological innovations based on the appropriateness for
Patricia Knox & Susan Silverman - Fall Into Autumn 2004