The Kids Are All Write: How to Write a Dot Day Poem
By Jamie Nanfara
International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity inspired by the award-winning book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. If you haven’t had a chance to create a dot yet, then get to it! This month we will be writing poems to go along with Dot Day artwork!
Writing a Dot Day poem is easy! Here are two ways to get started:
LOOK INSIDE YOUR DOT
Take a good look at your artwork. What is inside the dot? Is it filled with magic? Or dreams? Or macaroni and cheese? Use our poem format below to write about what’s inside your dot.
Line 1: This dot is filled with (noun)
Line 2: (Give a description of the noun)
Line 3: (Three -ing words that describe the noun)
Line 4: (Repeat the noun in line 1)
this dot is filled with magic
fairies and witches casting spells
mixing, brewing, chanting
PICK A COLOR
Does a certain color pop out of your artwork? What does this color remind you of? Does it taste or smell like anything? How does it feel on your hands? Make a list of your thoughts! Then, choose the ones you like best to make your color poem!
Blue is the taste of blue raspberry ice pops on a hot summer day
and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore
Blue is the feeling of my little brother’s soft baby blanket
and the smell of fresh baked blueberry muffins
We’d love to hear your Dot Day poems! Share them in the comments below!
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Candlewick Press
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ABOUT JAMIE NANFARA
Jamie is an elementary school teacher and freelance writer. In addition to creating content for KidLit TV’s website, she is an active member of SCBWI and is currently querying her first picture book. She has an MA in Teaching and is passionate about children’s literature and the role it plays in supporting the social and academic growth of her students. When she’s not teaching or writing for children, she is looking for adventure and laughing at the silly antics of her husband and daughter.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY
International Dot Day is a day dedicated to creativity. Parents, teachers, and kids of all ages commemorate this day by showing everyone how they can make their creative mark. Do you want to learn how to make art, or prove what your creativity is made of? Sign up now and celebrate Dot Day on or around September 15-ish. Millions of people around the world have joined in on the Dot Day fun by connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating their creativity. And now it’s your turn! Be sure to share your news, photos, art and videos with us and show the world how you can make your mark!