Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Poem Movies

Coming in April: Homemade digital films that offer artistic interpretations of several of the poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology (6-8)

Graduate students enrolled in my "Poetry for Children and Young Adults" class at Texas Woman's University have created "poem movies" for selected poems from
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School. Each student chose one poem from the anthology and then interpreted it in a short, original, one-minute digital film-- sometimes with input from young people themselves (and with the poet's permission, of course).

I'm so proud of them! They created a wonderful variety of mini-movies offering great examples of how digital technology can be used to interpret and promote poetry for (and with) young people. One student (go, Dana!) even made TWO films-- one offering a literal interpretation of a poem (about a turtle) and the other with a more abstract look at the "shells" we create for ourselves-- highlighting the same poem text for each.  All these "poem movies" will be posted one-a-day during National Poetry Month (April). Enjoy!


  1. It will be fun to see which of the 110 poems your students chose to bring to life as poem movies! If I had to pick one (and could have Ang Lee create the movie for me), I think I would choose "How Romantic Can You Get?" by George Ella Lyon. That poem begs to be made into a movie scene!

  2. What a fun idea! I cannot wait to see these. They're like poem trailers! Looking forward...

  3. I started a similar project at the beginning of 2013 - I have kids/adults/animals read my poems on Wednesdays. I call the feature Wee Words Wednesday "Weaders". It's fun how they turn out. I look forward to seeing yours. =)